Authorities in the Philippines have expressed concern over a rise of ‘suicide by ferry’ incidents,reports local media. While the Philippines has relatively low reported suicide rate of 2.75 per 100,000, a quarter of the global average, June to October incidents involving people jumping from ferries ferries reached 12, up from 10 the previous year.
In the latest incident 34 year old Daniel Pame, jumped from a ferry, nearly hitting hit the vessel’s propeller. He was rescued but attempted to jump again.
The Philippine Coastguard has advised that elatives of passengers at risk coordinate with shipping lines to ensure those who are depressed or have mental problems do not jump off the ship and the PCG can monitor them.