Three Dead and Dozens Missing in Philippine Ferry Collision

23 December 2009 (Last Updated December 23rd, 2009 18:30)

A ferry collided with a fishing boat off the Philippines on today killing three people and leaving about two dozen missing, according to local reports from officials. Rescue boats picked up nearly 50 people from the ferry as it began to sink following the collision, coast guard spokesm

A ferry collided with a fishing boat off the Philippines on today killing three people and leaving about two dozen missing, according to local reports from officials.

Rescue boats picked up nearly 50 people from the ferry as it began to sink following the collision, coast guard spokesman Commander Armand Balilo told Reuters.

“Our search teams have found three bodies, but we continue to search for two dozen still missing,” he told reporters.

Officials will now investigate what caused the collision.

Ferry accidents in the Phillipines are common due to overcrowding, poor maintenance and tropical storms.