June 26, 2022

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Coast Guard updates report on MV Mercraft burning incident over unlisted passengers

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Wednesday corrected its report over the burning vessel incident off Quezon waters.

Reports said there were passengers not listed in the passenger manifest.

“This is to clarify the total number of affected individuals during the fire onboard incident involving MV MERCRAFT 2 in the vicinity waters off Real, Quezon, on 23 May 2022,” PCG said in a public statement.

According to PCG Station Northern Quezon, the data gathered during the investigation yesterday, 24 May 2022, revealed that there were 157 INDIVIDUALS ONBOARD THE DISTRESSED VESSEL, instead of 134 individuals as earlier reported.

Out of the 157 passengers and crew members on board, 121 were uninjured, 29 were injured, and seven died due to the incident.