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24 dead, 274 missing in Philippine ferry disaster: Coastguard

In the Philippine's second-largest city, the port town of Cebu, a collision between a ferry and a cargo ship leaves at least 24 dead

AFP , Saturday 17 Aug 2013
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At least 24 people are dead and 274 are missing after a ferry in the Philippines collided with a cargo ship, the coastguard's deputy chief told AFP on Saturday.

The Thomas Aquinas ferry was carrying 870 people when it quickly sank on Friday night following the collision near the port of Cebu, the country's second biggest city, said Rear Admiral Luis Tuason, vice commandant of the Philippine coastguard.

He said 572 others had been rescued.

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