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PHILIPPINE FERRY SINKS 4 DEAD, 7 MISSING BECAUSE OF TYPHOON VINTA

A Philippine ferry with more than 250 passengers and crew sank Thursday Dec. 21, 2017 at 9:23 in the morning after being battered by fierce winds and big waves off the country’s northeast, leaving at least four people dead and seven others missing according to officials.
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About 240 were pulled alive, some with injuries, from the rough sea by navy and coast guard personnel and a flotilla of fishing boats after the M/V Mercraft 3 sank in the Polillo Strait between Quezon province’s Infanta town and the ferry’s destination, Polillo Island, officials said.

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Among the survivors taken to a Quezon hospital was a 61 year-old Australian identified by authorities as Roland Kempt, who lives in the Philippines, the coast guard said in a statement.

The dead consisted of two women and two men, Quezon officials said.

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