Strong Typhoon Capsizes Ferry in Manila Bay -Photos

The Super Shuttle Ferry 7 floats on its side after it capsized in strong winds and huge waves unleashed by Typhoon Kalmaegi, locally named Luis, in Manila Bay September 15, 2014. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
The Super Shuttle Ferry 7 floats on its side after it capsized in strong winds and huge waves unleashed by Typhoon Kalmaegi, locally named Luis, in Manila Bay September 15, 2014. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

A passenger ferry seeking shelter from a strong typhoon capsized Sunday night in Manila Bay, Philippines.

The ferry, name Super Shuttle 7, reportedly sank at around 8 p.m. Sunday night and was not carrying any passengers at the time. All 15 crewmembers were eventually rescued after spending as much as two hours in the water. One crewmember, a security officer, was not rescued until around midnight when he was found clinging to a piece of plywood, according to local reports.

Typhoon Kalmaegi, which is locally named Luis, slammed into the Philippine northern region on Sunday, cutting power and communications lines and forcing people to flee to higher ground, national disaster agency officials said.

The incident follows the sinking the passenger ferry Maharlika II over the weekend off the coast of central Philippines which resulted in at least two fatalities and over 100 people rescued.

Photo: REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
Photo: REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
Photo: REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
Photo: REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco