Cargo ship sinks off eastern Philippines; five missing

Other News Materials 15 February 2008 08:10 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa )- Five people were missing when a cargo ship sank off the eastern Philippines, the Coast Guard said Friday.

The ill-fated vessel, which was carrying a cargo of beer, sank late Thursday off Sorsogon province, 405 kilometres south-east of Manila.

Coast Guard personnel rescued 14 of the ship's 19 crewmen immediately after the accident, but five remained missing.

Search and rescue operations for the missing crewmen were continuing