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PCG: 124 dead, 56 survivors in ferry mishap found

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 18:04:00 06/26/2008

MANILA, Philippines — The number of confirmed deaths from the sinking of the MV Princess of the Stars province has risen to 124, while 56 survivors, including five crewmen, have been accounted, data from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) showed.

The passenger ferry was carrying 862 passengers and crew when it capsized off Sibuyan Island in Romblon in the evening of June 21, the height of typhoon “Frank” (international codename: Fengshen).

The tally of the Coast Guard Action Center said 98 of the dead are “unidentified,” while 19 are male, five are female, and two are unidentified children.

Forty of the survivors are male and six are female, while five others remain unidentified.

The five rescued crewmen are Renato Lunarias, Roel Vibo, Ciriaco Nuñez, Fel Gilig, and Estanislao Tura.

It was not clear from the PCG report if the death toll includes remains retrieved from the wreckage of the ship.

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Written by joelguinto

ThuUTC2008-06-26T10:25:46+00:00UTC06bUTCThu, 26 Jun 2008 10:25:46 +0000 22, 2006 at 12:45 am06

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