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At Least 50 People Die When Ferry Capsizes

Mon., Feb. 19, 1996

A ferry capsized after running aground in the southern Philippines, killing at least 50 people, news reports said today.

At least 120 people survived Sunday night’s accident, radio station DZXL said. The number of people aboard the vessel wasn’t immediately known.

The ferry was approaching Cadiz after a journey from Bantayan Island, 40 miles to the northwest, when it ran aground. The reports said the captain decided to wait for high tide to lift the boat, but high winds and waves capsized it.

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