The ferry Mercraft 3 sank in the Philippines (see video below) around 1100 hours on Thursday, December 21, 2017. The ferry had been traveling on rough seas from Ungos port in Real, a town east of Manila, to Polillo Island.
The ferry reportedly had 251 aboard, most have been rescued, and were taken to the nearby Dinahican village in Infanta, Quezon, but five passengers reportedly died and seven are reported missing at this time.
Similar Philippine Ferry Incident – Philippine Ferry MV Doña Paz Collision More Than 4000 Passengers Dead
Nearly 30 years to the day, on December 20, 1987, at 06:30 hours, the Philippine-registered passenger ferry MV Doña Paz owned by Sulpicio Lines sank after colliding with the oil tanker MT Vector. The MV Doña Paz was sailing from Leyte island to the Philippine capital of Manila.
With the estimated death toll of 4,386 people and only 24 survivors, it remains the deadliest peacetime maritime disaster in history.
Other Recent Cruise Ship Sinking
- Rafelia II Sinking- March 4, 2016
- Eastern Star Sinking – June 1, 2015
- MV Pinak Sinking- August 4, 2014
- SEWOL Sinking – April 15, 2014
- HMS Bounty Sinking – Monday, October 29, 2012
- MV Bulgaria Sinking – July 10, 2011
Video: Ferry Mercraft 3 Sinks