Manila: A ferry with 124 passengers and 10 crew members on board caught fire on Monday while traveling to a town in Quezon province on the main Luzon island, leaving at least seven dead, a spokesperson for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.
Commodore Armand Balilo said the vessel Mercraft 2 left at 5:00 am local time in Polillo, an island town in the province, and was heading to a port of Real town when it caught fire approximately 900 meters from the port, Xinhua news agency reported .
The blaze forced passengers and crew to jump into the sea. Balilo said 105 people were rescued from the sea and six passengers were taken to a local hospital.
Photo and videos of the incident provided by the PCG showed a blaze engulfing the boat and people scampering to leave the burning ferry onto a raft. Another photo showed people clinging to floating objects and ropes. A video also showed a PCG member reviving a man.
Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire.