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Dozens Dead, More Than 200 Missing, After Ferry Sinks In Collision

A Philippine Coast Guard ship (left) and navy patrol boat (C) are anchored next to a damaged cargo ship on August 17, 2013 after it collided with the "St. Thomas Aquinas" ferry the night before.
Authorities in the Philippines say more than 200 people are missing after a ferry sank when it collided with a container ship.

Officials said on August 17 that at least 28 people were confirmed dead in the incident, which occurred in waters outside the port of Cebu.

Coast Guard officials said more than 600 people had been rescued, many by fishing boats that went to the scene.

Divers have been sent below the sea surface to search the wreckage for victims.

Some 870 people were aboard the ferry when the crash occurred.

The cargo ship that collided with the ferry did not sink.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and dpa