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Fourteen Filipinos missing in boat collision

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The incident happened about 24 kilometers from Paluan town. (Google map)
MANILA — At least 14 Filipinos were missing early Monday after a collision between their fishing boat and a Chinese cargo vessel, media reports in the Philippines said.

The incident occurred at 1 a.m. Sunday off Cape Calavite in the northwest coast of the Philippines province of Occidental Mindoro, the Inquirer.net and Rappler news websites reported.

Both cited the Philippine Coast Guard, but the Inquirer reported 12 crew of m/v Liberty Cinco disappeared while Rappler said the missing included 12 crew plus two other employees of their company.

The other vessel involved was “a Chinese cargo vessel,” according to Rappler, while Inquirer.net said it was flagged in Hong Kong, the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

“When our (team) arrived in the area, they still saw the fishing boat capsized but did not find anyone anymore,” the Inquirer quoted Commodore Leovegildo Panopio, commander of the Coast Guard’s Southern Tagalog district, as saying.

A strong current interrupted the search on Sunday evening but it would resume early Monday, he said.

The incident happened about 24 kilometers from Paluan town, the Inquirer said.

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