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Filipino ferry fire killed one, missing one, rescued others

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Manila, Philippines (AP) — An island ferry with 165 passengers and crew fires in central Philippines on Sunday, killing one, missing the other, and the rest safely. The rescue was rescued, the Coast Guard said.

A coast guard official said the fire struck the ship Mama Mary Chloe shortly after noon near a village on two islands in Bohol. A search backed by a fishing vessel was underway for one missing person.

Social media footage showed people in life jackets swaying in the sea and the ship wrapped in thick black smoke.

The ferry, carrying 157 passengers, including eight crew members and fifteen children, was on its way from Bohol to the eastern part of Leyte.

In the Philippine archipelago, frequent marine accidents are common due to frequent storms, poorly maintained boats, overcrowding, and weak safety regulations.

In December 1987, the ferry Doña Paz sank in a collision with a fuel tanker, killing more than 4,300 people in the world's worst normal marine accident.