Friday, June 14, 2013

Two dead, 15 missing as ferry sinks off Masbate, Philippines

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MANILA, Philippines - Two people were killed, fifteen are still missing, and 54 passengers and crew were saved when rescuers pulled them to safety after a passenger ferry sank while aboard a roll-on, roll-off ferry, off Masbate Philippines at dawn of Friday, officials said.

The ferry was travelling from Albay province in central Philippines to a nearby Masbate province when it sank. Government helicopters, Coast guard and navy vessels were searching the area for survivors. The officials are not certain of the exact number of people on board. The ferry's manifest listed 35 passengers and 22 crew, but provincial disaster official Bernard Alejandro said there were likely five more on board.

Amadeo Tan, a village chief in Masbate's Aroroy township, said his wife called him from the ferry when it was sinking.

Tan told a local TV news that he alerted local authorities and set off to the area.

"When we got there, we could no longer see any part of the boat. It had already sunk," he said.

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