Zev Porat

Friday, August 16, 2013

Phillipine Ferry w/700 people collides, sinks, 17 dead

A woman holds her child in a hospital after they were rescued from a passenger vessel MV St Thomas Aquinas before it sank in Talisay, Cebu in central Philippines 17 August, 2013.

At least 17 people have died and more than 500 people rescued after a ferry carrying about 700 people collided with a cargo ship in the Philippines.

The ferry, MV Thomas Aquinas, began sinking after hitting the cargo vessel on Friday evening near the central city of Cebu, officials said.

Coastguard and naval vessels were joined by local fishing boats in the rescue effort, which is continuing.

The incident took place around 2km (1.2 miles) from the shore.

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