The 33 tonne wooden-hulled ferry Kim Nirvana capsized off Ormoc City, Philippines. The ferry was on a regular trip with 199 passengers and crew bound for Camotes Island when it capsized just off the port. Reports state the ferry had made a sharp turn to starboard as it was struck by a large wave. The Kim Nirvana lost stability and rolled over. Passengers attempted to escape to the other side of the vessel, but many remained trapped. Local reports state some 51 persons perished with some 141 were rescued.
The 58 meter long, 1007 dwt ro-ro ferry Maharlika Dos capsized and sank off Pintuyan, Leyte Island, Philippines. The Maharlika Dos was en route to Surigao from Liloan with a manifest of 58 passengers, 26 crew and 13 vehicles. The Maharlika Dos was making the voyage with some difficulties. Nearly halfway of the voyage, the vessel suffered a mechanical breakdown with it’s turbine. Without power, the ferry was left to struggle with the heavy rains, high waves and strong winds. When the vessel developed a list, the captain sent out a distress call and ordered to abandon ship. The Maharlika Dos would eventually roll over and sink. Three nearby vessels received her distress call and rushed to the area. Reports stated some 63 people were rescued from the water. Survivors stated that there may have been upwards to 100 people on board the vessel.
The tugboat Little Junior capsized and sank off Merida, Leyte, Philippines. The Little Junior was en route to Ormoc to conduct salvage operations for vessels that had run aground. The tugboat began to list when the crew sent out a distress call before jumping overboard before the Little Junior sank. The crew were rescued by another nearby vessel and returned to Cebu. The Philippine Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.