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Death toll in Iloilo-Guimaras Strait tragedy rises to 22

MANILA - The number of fatalities in the capsizing of 3 boats in the Iloilo-Guimaras Strait has risen to 22, Sunday.

Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Trenas earlier said 11 were confirmed dead in the separate incidents Saturday.

 

Authorities on Sunday retrieved 10 bodies underneath M/B Jenny Vince, which was found in Naluoyan Port in Dumangas town, Iloilo past 6 a.m. Another body was found adrift in the sea near the said town.

Of the 11 bodies retrieved, 5 of the victims were still wearing life jackets. They were found to have contusions on their head and different parts of the body.

Three were male, including a child, and 8 were female. 

M/B Jenny Vince was the third boat that capsized Saturday, following M/B Chi Chi and M/B Keshia 2 due to gusty winds and strong waves.

According to a report of the Office of the Civil Defense, the boat was carrying 37 passengers, including 4 crew members.

The Philippine Coast Guard has yet to issue an official statement.

All trips between Iloilo City and Guimaras have been suspended, leaving some 600 passengers stranded at Parola Wharf in the city.

Search and retrieval operations are ongoing

 

SOURCE: https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/08/04/19/death-toll-in-iloilo-guimaras-strait-tragedy-rises-to-22

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