Dozens of people were rescued on Thursday by Philippine authorities after a ferry sank in rough seas, the coast guard said.
According to the coast guard, the vessel, Siargao Princess, was travelling a route near Cebu when its crew radioed for help, saying the boat was in trouble.
59 people were rescued from waters off the central island of Cebu, while another three swam to shore after the vessel took on water and capsized.
Coast guard spokesman Lieutenant Michael Encina said 60 crew members and passengers were aboard. It is not certain if all aboard were accounted for but rescue operations are still ongoing.
We cannot stop until we are satisfied that everyone is safe and has been accounted for,” Encina said.
“The boat has sunk. We haven’t been able to find it,” he added.
Boat accidents are not uncommon in the Philippines where millions rely on rickety ferries for cheap transport between islands.