3 dead, dozens missing in Cavite boat collision
abs-cbnNEWS.com | 12/24/2009 8:10 AMhttp://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/12/24/09/2-vessels-collide-cavite-27-missing
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE 2) - A ferry collided with a fishing boat in waters off Limbones Island in Cavite on Thursday, killing at least 3 people and leaving about two dozen missing, an official said.
Rescue boats picked up nearly 50 people from the ferry as it began to sink following the collision, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) spokesman Lt. Commander Armand Balilo said.
"Our search teams have found 3 bodies, but we continue to search for two dozen still missing," he told reporters.
The body of a woman wearing a life jacket was retrieved by rescuers. Two other bodies were seen floating near where the passenger vessel, MV Catalyn B, sank, Balilo said.
The weather was clear at the time of the accident and officials said they would investigate what caused the collision.
Balilo earlier said that MV Catalyn B, a wooden hull motorized vessel with 14 crew members and 59 passengers, left Pier 2 of North Harbor, Manila Wednesday night.
The vessel, which was bound for Tilik, Lubang Island in Mindoro, collided with the fishing vessel FV Nathalia and sank some 2.8 nautical miles northwest of Limbones Island at 2:25 a.m. Thursday.
A total of 46 people have been rescued, including 33 passengers and 13 crew members.
The PCG sent three boats -- BRP Pampanga (SSARV 003)
, MT Tug Habagat (TB-271) and BRP Nueva Vizcaya (SARV 3502) -- to Cavite to conduct search and rescue operations. PCG Commandant Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo also issued a notice to mariners in the area so that they can help with the rescue operations.
A PCG statement later said an air and naval search was continuing, with other private ships diverting from their course to join the rescue.
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