MANILA, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- Two ships with about 700 passengers and crew members on board collided Friday night in central Philippine province of Cebu, local media reported.
There have been no casualties reported so far. Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) are conducting rescue operations as hundreds of passengers from the passenger vessel jumped into water following the collision. Several fishing vessels are also helping in the rescue, reports said.
There were reportedly some 692 passengers on board the passenger ship, while there were about 18 men on board the cargo ship, Inquirernews quoted the PCG as saying.
Initial investigation showed that the M/V St. Thomas Aquinas, a passenger ship coming from Butuan province and heading to Cebu, allegedly collided with the cargo ship M/V Sulpicio Express 7 traveling from Cebu to Davao.
Another local media quoted a passenger who was rescued as saying that most of the passengers were already sleeping when the accident happened.