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Hundreds rescued from sunken Superferry

2009-09-07 13:38 BJT

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More than 900 people were rescued during the maritime disaster in the southern Philippines on Sunday. Terrified passengers are still coming to terms with the nightmare.

Zamboanga City, the Philippines.

The "Superferry" carrying nearly 1,000 people sank in the ocean, rousing terrified passengers from their sleep and sending many jumping into the water.

Hundreds of survivors docked in the city to undergo medical check-ups. Many of them lost sight of their companions.

Gina Guadalup, Survivor, said, "The ferry suddenly tipped over, and water came in. My companion jumped from the ship. It happened around 2:30 a.m. Two of our other companions are missing."

Rescuers from the coast guard and military quickly responded to a disaster call when the ferry began listing before dawn, and they rushed with an armada of boats to the site.

The survivors said there was no safety announcement and no one informed them the boat has begun to go down.