24 Dec 2009

Dozens missing in Philippines following ferry accident

11:02 pm on 24 December 2009

At least 27 people are missing after a passenger ferry collided with a fishing boat in the Philippines.

The wooden-hulled ferry and the fishing boat were carrying at least 73 people between them when they collided in Manila Bay in the early hours of Thursday, the BBC reports.

Coastguard spokesperson Commander Armando Balilo told local media 46 people had been rescued from the waters.

There were no reports of bad weather conditions in the area and the cause of the collision is not clear.

The incident comes as thousands of people in the Philippines travel home for the Christmas period.