27 Dec 2009

25 people missing after Philippine ferry sinks

5:13 pm on 27 December 2009

At least three people have died and 22 remain missing after a ferry sank in waters south of the Philippines capital, Manila, the coast guard says.

The vessel was carrying almost 90 people when it went down near Batangas City reports the BBC.

Ships in the area rescued more than 60 passengers.

It follows another ferry disaster in the Philippines on Christmas Eve.

Up to 24 people are still missing after that vessel and a fishing boat collided in darkness in Manila Bay.

In the latest tragedy, survivors said the roll-on ferry listed and sank after taking in water from the bow ramp.