A ferry carrying nearly 1,000 passengers sank in the southern Philippines early this morning, leaving at least five dead and more than 60 missing. The Superferry 9 began to list before dawn about 9 miles off Zamboanga del Norte province, rousing terrified passengers from their sleep and throwing some into the water, a coast guard spokesman reported.
Rescuers transferred 900 of 968 passengers and crewmen to two nearby commercial ships, a navy gunboat, and a fishing boat. A search was under way for more than 60 missing, who may have drifted with their life jackets or have been rescued but were not yet listed as survivors. "We really hope they're just unaccounted for due to the confusion," he said.