A ferry with almost 700 people aboard sank near the central Philippine port of Cebu on Friday night after colliding with a cargo vessel, killing at least 17 people. Hundreds of others were rescued.
The captain of the ferry Thomas Aquinas ordered the ship abandoned after it began listing and then sank after hitting the cargo vessel, coast guard officer Joy Villegas said.
The coast guard said 17 people were confirmed dead, including children, and 525 had been rescued several hours after the collision. Authorities were still checking the number of others who had been taken to hospitals.
Hundreds of passengers jumped into the ocean as the ship started to sink, according to survivors. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.