Update: 13 dead, 690 rescued after ferry sinks in the Philippines, says coast guard
MANILA (Reuters) - Thirteen people died and 690 were rescued after a ferry sank following a collision with a cargo vessel in the central Philippines, a coast guard commander said.
"We don't know if there are still people missing," Rear-Admiral Luis Tuason told local radio early on Saturday morning, citing a discrepancy between the actual numbers who died or have been rescued and the ferry’s manifest, which showed 692 crew and passengers on board.
The 40-year-old ferry St Thomas of Aquinas is allowed to carry up to 904 passengers.
The collision happened before 9pm local time off Cebu Island.