Passenger ferry and cargo ship crash in Philippines leave more than a dozen dead
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Passenger ferry and cargo ship crash in Philippines leave more than a dozen dead

Cebu : Philippines | Aug 16, 2013 at 11:50 AM PDT
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A collision between a passenger ferry and a cargo ship in the Philippines has left at least 13 dead. CNN reports that the passenger ship was carrying almost 700 people when the crash occurred Friday.

While hundreds of people have been rescued from the accident, at this time it is unclear just how many, if any, remain unaccounted for between the two ships. The passenger ferry, the MV St. Thomas Aquinas, was coming from the direction of Butuan province while the cargo ship called the Sulpicio had left Cebu. The passenger ship has sunk.

The Coast Guard, the Navy and numerous commercial vessels are working on the rescue. USA Today reports that the ferry was entering the pier at Cebu when the cargo vessel crashed into the ferry. The passenger ferry slowly began to sink, and once the ship began to list the captain ordered everyone to abandon it. Sadly witnesses have reported seeing numerous people trapped or in the water.

The latest updates from Mail Online indicate that 690 people have been rescued, but the Philippine Coast Guard says they do not know if more remain missing. The incident sounds quite frightening for those who were involved, and those following the story hope that the number of deaths does not rise as the authorities continue the rescue and recovery efforts.

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