At least 14 Filipinos missing in boat collision with Hong Kong vessel


MANILA –  The Philippine coast guard were searching today for the 14 people missing after a local boat collided with a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship in waters southwest of Manila.

According to The Philippine Coast Guard, the two boats collided early Sunday resulting in the local boat Liberty 5 being capsized in the choppy waters.

The cargo vessel was then escorted by the Philippine Coast Guard after the captain of the Hong Kong cargo ship called for help a few hours later.

Philippine Coast Guard spokesman Commodore Armando Balilo said that the BN Islander plane and Airbus HI45 light twin-engine helicopter were deployed for the search and rescue operations. It was not clear on whether the Philippine boat was immediately sunk after the collision.

The Hong Kong-based cargo vessel was heading to Australia from Subic, while the local fishing boat was on its way to the Navotas Fish Port when the collision happened.

PSG also issue a notice to mariners in the area to be on a lookout and report that may be beneficial to the search and rescue operations of the government.

The Philippines has a poor safety record on shipping, boats made in the country were usually wooden-hulled outriggers that can ferry people from one island to another.

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