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 Seven dead, 13 missing as boats sink in Philippines
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Seven dead, 13 missing as boats sink in Philippines

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Manila, Aug 3 : At least seven people have died and 13 others are missing as two ferry boats carrying 51 persons sank on Saturday in central Philippines, Coast Guard said.

More than 40 people were rescued, Xinhua reported. According to the Coast Guard, the ill-fated boats named Che-Che and Keziah were transiting Farola Wharf in Iloilo to Jordan Wharf in Guimaras when they were battered by sudden strong winds and sank, killing seven people.

At the time of the incident, a total of 51 persons were on both the vessels, the preliminary reports said.

Che-Che was carrying 43 passengers and four crew members while motorboat Keziah had no passenger onboard but had four crew members.Search and rescue operations are underway.(UNI)