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    This handout photo taken and released on November 7, 2019 by the Philippine Coast Guard shows passengers of the ill-fated MV Siargao Princess ferry after being rescued from the waters off Sibunga Cebu in the central Philippines. - Philippine authorities launched a rescue operation on November 7 after a ferry with at least 60 people onboard capsized in rough seas, the coast guard said. (Photo by Handout / Philippine coast Guard (PCG) / AFP) /

    Over 60 People Reportedly Rescued From Distressed Boat Off Philippine Cebu Island - Photos

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - According to the Manila Bulletin newspaper, there were 53 passengers and 10 crew members on board. The vessel was bound for the city of Cebu from the town of Loon in Bohol province.

    The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) rescued over 60 passengers and crew members of the distressed MV Siargao Princess vessel off the coastal town of Sibonga in the central Philippines, media reported on Thursday.

    "All accounted now. Sixty-three survivors out of 53 pax and 10 crew onboard for total of 63. Fifty-nine of them are now onboard MRRV 4406 en route to Cebu Port, while four are already at the shoreline of Carcar safely," commander of Coast Guard Central Visayas Ronie Gavan said, as quoted by the media.

    ​A medical team was dispatched to the site, and the PCG will conduct an investigation.

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