22 killed in Philippine shipwreck

December 15th, 2008 - 10:03 am ICT by IANS  

Manila, Dec 15 (DPA) A passenger vessel with more than 100 people on board capsized in the northern Philippines, killing 22 people, the coast guard said Monday.While 46 people have been rescued, 34 were still missing. The accident took place off Aparri town in the province of Cagayan.

Elena Bautista, chief of the Maritime Industry Authority, said the ferry was near the pier Sunday when it was battered by large waves.

“It was about to dock but had to pull back because of the huge waves, but it capsized,” she said. “Hopefully we can rescue all those missing.”

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