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Ferry sinks in collision in Philippines; 24 dead

Author: Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press, Published on: 17 August 2013

A ferry with more than 800 people aboard sank near the central Philippine port of Cebu after colliding with a cargo vessel, killing at least 24 people. Hundreds of others were rescued, the coast guard said...Dozens were still missing, but authorities could not give an official figure. The captain of the ferry MV Thomas Aquinas ordered the ship abandoned after it began listing and then sank after the collision late Friday, coast guard officer Joy Villegas said.In a statement, ferry owner 2Go said the roll-on-roll-off ship had 723 passengers and 118 crew or a total of 841 people aboard and carried 104 20-foot (6-meter) steel containers. It said the ferry "was reportedly hit" by the cargo vessel "resulting in major damage that led to its sinking."

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