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3 bodies found after Philippine ferry collision

Three bodies were recovered from Manila Bay in the Philippines on Thursday as rescuers continued to look for another 24 people missing after a ferry and a fishing boat collided.

Three bodies were recovered from Manila Bay in the Philippines on Thursday as rescuers continued to look for another 24 people missing after a ferry and a fishing boat collided.

The bodies of two men and a woman were found by a passing tanker.

The crew and 46 passengers from the 13-metre ferry were recovered from the waters and taken to the coast guard's headquarters in Manila.

The ferry was carrying 73 people from Manila to Mindoro Island when it collided with the fishing boat.

Coast guard commander Luis Tuazon Jr. said most of the ferry passengers were sleeping when the ships collided and many people did not have time to don life jackets.

The fishing boat did not sink, and the 22-member crew of that ship were safe, said Melvin Viola of the coast guard's operation centre.

The accident occurred as millions of Filipinos were travelling to their home regions for Christmas Eve.

"I told them that we should take a bigger ship but the tickets were sold out so they decided to go on this smaller ferry because they wanted to be home for Christmas," said Henry Tria, who went to the coast guard office.

Five of Tria's relatives were on board the ferry, including teenage nephews and a seven-year-old niece.

With files from The Associated Press