A boat Turned Upside Down in Philippine – A boat that is transporting 173 passengers has turn upside down in the central Philippines, minutes after leaving port. Report has it that not less than 36 people have died, with 118 survivors, and 19 people still missing.
The MB Nirvana had just departed Ormoc City, Leyte Province bound for Pilar town on Camotes Island, east of Cebu at around 12 pm local time Thursday when the disaster occurred.
The boat, which was 27 meters long, was barely 200 meters from the shore line, according to Philippine Coast Guard Lieutenant Christopher Ganet. He said those who have been rescued are being taken to local hospitals in the area around Ormoc
The Philippine National Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon said that the boat overturned because of high winds, and the Red Cross staff were on the pier in Ormoc helping those who make it back to shore with blankets and meals.