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Seven killed as passenger boat capsizes in Philippines

Published 19/10/2015 | 06:46

The boat overturned in a storm with 36 passengers and five crew members on board. (AP)
The boat overturned in a storm with 36 passengers and five crew members on board. (AP)

A passenger motorboat with 41 people on board has capsized in a storm in the central Philippines, leaving seven dead and two missing, the coastguard said.

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The boat Tawash was on its way to to Guimaras province with 36 passengers and five crew members when it capsized.

The storm is not believed to be connected to Typhoon Koppu, which struck north-eastern provinces of the Philippines on Sunday.

Coastguard rescuers and passing vessels recovered 32 survivors.

Among the dead were two boys aged six and nine and two crew members. A three-year-old boy is among the missing.

The coastguard said rescuers had failed to retrieve the boat because of strong currents and large waves.

Koppu blew into north-eastern Aurora province with fierce wind and heavy rains early on Sunday, leaving at least two dead and forcing more than 16,000 villagers from their homes.

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