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Search on for 7 missing as cargo ship, fishing boat collide in Philippine waters

MANILA, May 29: Seven people are missing after a cargo ship and a fishing boat collision in the waters off a Philippine island on Saturday. Rescue operation is continuing. The vessels involved were a Philippine fishing boat and Marshall Islands-flagged MV Happy Hiro.

Thirteen of the fishing boat's 20 crew members were picked up by another boat while it capsized and sank in east of Palawan Island.

The coast guard deployed rescue teams from nearby stations to scour the waters for the seven missing crew members.

The accident follows another mishap on May 23 in which seven people were killed and 127 were rescued after a ferry caught fire and the passengers were forced to jump overboard.

The 186-person capacity fast craft boat was about a kilometre from Real, in Quezon province on the main island of Luzon, when the ferry caught fire.

The Philippines is an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands and ferry accidents are not rare.

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