Pacific

Philippine ferry carrying 692 'collides with freighter'

File picture of Superferry 9 listing off Zamboanga peninsular in September 2009. The Philippines coastguard launched a rescue mission Friday night after a ferry carrying almost 700 people collided with a cargo ship off the central city of Cebu, officials said.

File picture of Superferry 9 listing off Zamboanga peninsular in September 2009. The Philippines coastguard launched a rescue mission Friday night after a ferry carrying almost 700 people collided with a cargo ship off the central city of Cebu, officials said.  (Philippine Navy/AFP/File)

The Philippines coastguard launched a rescue mission Friday night after a ferry carrying almost 700 people collided with a cargo ship off the central city of Cebu, officials said.

The Thomas Aquinas ferry, carrying 692 people, collided with the freighter Sulpicio Express 7, coastguard spokesman Commander Armando Balilo said. He added one of the vessels was listing but could not identify which one.

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