ZAMBOANGA CITY: Twelve Filipinos were injure while over 150 people were rescued, after a ferry they were riding collided with a barge off the coast of Semporna in Sabah near the southern Philippines.
The ferry passengers were rescued late Wednesday by Malaysian authorities after the vessel MB Juhari was damaged from the collision, according to reports.
The ferry came from Bongao town in Tawi-Tawi and was heading to Semporna district in Tawau town, Sabah when the barge collided with the vessel just a kilometer way from the coastline.
There was no report of casualties, but five Malaysians were also injured in the mishap. A total of 158 passengers have been rescued from the ferry and taken to Semporna, but it was not immediately known how many Filipinos were on the ferry.
The injured passengers were brought to Semporna Hospital for treatment with minor injuries.
The Philippine Coast Guard and Navy were not immediately available to comment on the situation of other Filipino passengers.