Ferry sinks in Philippines; 3 dead, 22 missing

Ferry sinks in Philippin

A passenger ferry sank in the northern Philippines in a second sea disaster in three days. Three bodies were recovered and 22 were missing, the coast guard said Sunday. Search-and-rescue teams rescued 63 passengers and crew of the MV Baleno-9 and were scouring the seas for others still unaccounted for, the coast guard said in a statement. It quoted survivors as saying the vessel took in water coming from the bow ramp and listed before going under while traversing the area of Verde Island passage off Batangas province south of Manila. On Christmas Eve, a wooden-hulled ferry with 73 people on board collided with a fishing vessel near the mouth of Manila Bay, with 24 people still missing.