I Hope Nobody Rides Those "Floating Coffins" Again

The last major news headline in 2009 was a tragedy. It was a painful reminder of our culture of overcrowding, a custom that spawned what legislators call “Floating coffins” – inter-island ferries that sink under the weight of too many passengers, especially during the holidays.

The latest news on the M/V Catalyn B, now 221 feet underwater off Limbones Island in Cavite, is the Coast Guard’s continuing efforts to retrieve the bodies of the remaining 22 bodies still trapped inside. They died on the day before Christmas, on the way to be reunited with their families.

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