By Antonio M. Manaytay
DAPITAN, Zamboanga del Norte – A ferry boat had caught fire minutes after it left the local port here early Wednesday morning.
Initial reports said the Lite Ferry 16, loaded with passengers and cargoes bound for Sambuan, Cebu, had just left the port when the fire started. It was not yet determined what was caused the fire and it started.
The passengers were forced to abandon the ship by jumping off to the sea.
Philippine Coast Guard personnel and volunteers rescued the passengers off the cold seawater. (Antonio M. Manaytay/ Mindanao Sun)