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Death toll hits 50 in Philippines ferry accident

August 19, 2013 • World News


A crowd watches as divers continue their search and rescue operation off Talisay coast, Cebu province Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013 following Friday night’s collision of the passenger ferry MV Thomas Aquinas and the cargo ship MV Sulpicio Express Siete in central Philippines. Divers plucked two more bodies from the sunken passenger ferry on Sunday and scrambled to plug an oil leak in the wreckage after a collision with a cargo ship. The accident near the central Philippine port of Cebu that has left 34 dead and more than 80 others missing. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

CEBU, Philippines (AP) — As the MV Thomas Aquinas cruised toward Cebu city in the central Philippines, navy marshal Richard Pestillos prepared for a brief stop while some passengers watched a band play and others soaked in the night breeze on the deck.

Then the scene turned chaotic when the ferry, with 870 passengers and crew, collided with a cargo ship late Friday, ripping a hole in the ferry’s hull, knocking out its Login to read more

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