Rescuers searched waters off the Philippines on Sunday for seven people missing after a collision between a fishing boat
and a cargo ship, authorities said.
The fishing boat capsized and sank in the Sulu sea, coast guard spokesman Commodore Armando Balilo said.
Thirteen of its 20 crew members were plucked from the water by another fishing boat before being transferred to the Happy Hiro.They suffered minor injuries.
The coast guard deployed rescue teams from nearby stations to scour the waters for the seven missing crew members.
The Philippines, an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands, has a poor maritime safety record.
Mishaps and overcrowding are common on vessels that are often wooden-hulled outriggers used for fishing or transporting people.
On Monday, seven people were killed and 127 were rescued after a fire ripped through a ferry and forced passengers to jump overboard.