28 survivors recovered from sunken Philippine ferry

June 23rd, 2008 - 6:00 am ICT by IANS  

Manila, June 23 (DPA) Twenty-eight survivors have been recovered from a passenger ferry that sank in the central Philippines, the police said Monday. Fidel Posadas, senior Superintendent of Police, said the 28 people from the sinking of MV Princess of the Stars were recovered in Mulanay town in Quezon province, 150 km southeast of Manila.

Posadas said that local authorities were coordinating with Sulpicio Lines, owner of the ill-fated ferry, to turn over the survivors.

The recovery brought to 32 the number of survivors recovered from the sinking of the Princess of the Stars Saturday off the coast of Sibuyan Island in the central Philippines.

On Sunday, four survivors were found in San Fernando town on Sibuyuan island.

The 24,000-tonne ferry sank after running aground due to huge waves and strong winds spawned by Typhoon Fengshen, which left at least 152 people dead.

The death toll included 10 fatalities from the ferry sinking, according to the Philippine National Red Cross.

Attorney Manuel Espina, a spokesman for Sulpicio Lines, said that 724 passengers and 121 crew members were aboard the Princess of the Stars when it sank.

The Philippine Coast Guard has reported only 626 passengers aboard the vessel.

Rescuers were braving rough seas in search of more survivors and fatalities as Fengshen continued to unleash heavy rains and strong winds.

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