100 Filipinos rescued near Sabah as ferry capsizes
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Malaysian authorities plucked over 100 Filipinos from sea after the wooden ferry they were sailing in capsized near Sabah, the military here reported on Thursday.
Major Filemon Tan Jr., the information officer of the Western Mindanao Command, said the ferry capsized off Bum-bum Island in Sempornah between 8 and 10 p.m. Wednesday.
No death has been reported but 12 of those aboard the ferry had to be rushed to Malaysian hospitals for injuries, he said, quoting reports from Malaysian authorities.
Tan said the vessel, MV Juhari, left Bongao in Tawi-Tawi with 158 people on board for Sabah around 2 p.m. Wednesday.
“It hit a barge while on its way to Sempornah,” he said. SFM
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