One Dead, 12 Missing in Philippine Ship Sinking

One sailor was found dead and 12 others were still missing Monday after a cargo ship sank in rough seas off the Philippine coast Saturday.

Three people, including the ship's captain, were rescued and one body recovered, but bad weather delayed further search operations for the 12 missing crewmembers.

The Coast Guard reported in a statement that the MV SF Freighter, with 16 Filipino crewmen, radioed a distress call on Saturday after its engine faltered while it was being battered by heavy waves off the central island of Dos Hermanas.

The vessel had a full cargo of steel and was en route to the port city of Cebu when it radioed its last position.

The vessel reportedly sank shortly after last contact and the captain ordered the crew to abandon ship.

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