Fatalities in Cebu ferry sinking now rise to 71

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MANILA, 21Aug2013 (PNA) – The Armed Forces Central Command announced that the number of fatalities in the sinking of the M/V St. Thomas Aquinas I last Aug. 16 has now hit the 71 mark.

With this, the number of missing or unaccounted persons is placed at 49, Lt. Jim Alagao, the unit’s spokesperson said.

While the number of rescued passengers and crewmen is pegged at 750.

He also said that retrieval dives started around 4:30 a.m. with five more bodies recovered at the wreck around 8:15 a.m. (PNA)

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