7 Sep 2009

Woman plucked from sea thought to be ferry survivor

9:32 pm on 7 September 2009

A woman has been rescued from the sea off the southern Philippines, more than a day after a passenger ferry she was on sank, killing nine people.

The woman is believed to be one of two people still listed as missing after the ferry carrying about 960 passengers ran into trouble early on Sunday,

The weather was reportedly clear when the ferry ran aground near the Zamboanga peninsula about 900km south of Manila, the ABC reports.

Authorities in the Philippines have put experts on standby to clean up possible oil leaks from the vessel.

Investigators are expected to look at whether too much cargo had been loaded, or if it had come loose. There have also been reports of a hole in the hull.