According to the Philippine Coast Guard, on 18th June, the ropax ferry Esperanza Star had caught fire off Panglao, Bohol while under way for Tagbilaran.
s informed, the vessel had about 120 people on board, including both passengers and crew.
Luckily, all personnel aboard the ropax were safely disembarked and brought to the nearest port.
As explained, the cutter BRP Malamawi responded to the scene, along with boats and firefighters from the station in Tagbilaran.
The fire was declared out at about 1000 hours. Two cutters, BRP Cape San Agustin and BRP Malamawi, remained on scene to ensure the vessel’s security.
According to PCG, an investigation into the circumstances of the casualty will follow.
— Philippine Coast Guard (@coastguardph) June 18, 2023