A rescue vessel approaches to rescue passengers of the tilted ferry SuperFerry 9, at the high seas of Baturampon Point off the coast of Zamboanga del Norte province, southern Philippines. (File photo)
At two people have been killed and 22 others have gone missing after a boat sank in the southwest of the Philippines, the coast guard says.
The wooden-hulled MV Josille 2, with 34 passengers and 12 crew members aboard, "encountered heavy waves" and sank early Wednesday before reaching El Nido on Palawan Island.
Some 22 people have been rescued and the rest are missing, said Philippine Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Commander Armand Balilo.
Sea mishaps are common in the Philippines due to poor safety standards and overloading.
Ferries and small boats are the main transportation means in the archipelago of more than 7,100 islands.