At Least 56 Reported Killed After Ferry Tips
An overloaded wooden Philippine ferryboat headed for Malaysia capsized, killing at least 56 people, officials said today. More than 100 others were missing and feared dead. Nineteen people were rescued as of this morning, said Gov. Abdu Sakur of Sulu province in the south. He said the ferry Arlahada capsized shortly after leaving Jolo, the provincial capital, on Wednesday night. Many passengers were crowded onto one side of the boat, causing it to tip, he said. Many people were trapped inside the cabin after it capsized, he said. “We are still searching for the more than 100 passengers who are still missing,” he said. The ferry was headed for the province of Tawi Tawi and then the Malaysian state of Sabah.