Philippine ferry sinking update
According to latest Philippine Coast Guard statement on July3, on board of capsized ferry were 173 passengers and 14 crew, as of 0600 LT July 3 134 were rescued, 38 dead and 15 still missing. As expected, ferry came out to a local boat “motor banca” of mere 33.58 gt, under the name Kim Nirvana-B. 173 passengers seem to be too much, plus according to some local media, quite a lot of cargo. Boat was obviously overloaded, and capsized when encountered rough seas.
Ferry capsized and sank, Philippine
Ferry Nirvana or Kim Nirvana capsized and sank in the afternoon July 2 shortly after leaving Ormoc city, Leyte island, Philippine. Vessel or boat was caught in rough seas. According to police, there were 173 passengers and 16 crew on board, at least 36 of them died, 118 rescued, SAR is under way.
No data found on the vessel. Local media identify Nirvana, or Kim Nirvana, as “motor banca”, a term used for local craft, usually not registered in international databases. There is still no clarity with vessel’s name. Some call it Kim Nirvana, some Nirvana, some MB Nirvana, some MV Kim Nirvana-B – with each new news published, a new version appears.