Hundreds rescued, 17 dead after ferry crash in Philippines

Friday 16 August 2013 23.07
Hundreds rescued after Philippines ferry crash

Hundreds of people have been rescued after a ferry sank following a collision with a domestic cargo vessel in the Philippines.

The coastguard said 17 people had died and 690 were rescued, with the rescue operation continuing.

"We don't know if there are still people missing," Rear Admiral Luis Tuason told local radio, citing a discrepancy between the ferry's manifest and the actual number of people known to have died or been saved.

Earlier reports had said the ferry had left Cebu port for Manila with almost 700 crew and passengers when the collision occurred.

Hundreds of people were plucked from the water by dozens of fishing boats that rushed to the area, the radio reports said.

Officials said the ferry sank about 1km from shore.

Local radio said many people were plucked from the waters by dozens of fishing boats that rushed to the area.

They were taken to local hospitals.