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Boat Sinking Kills At Least Five

January 4, 1989

MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ A motor launch carrying more than 150 people was reported to have sunk in the central Philippines, with most passengers saved but at least five people dead and 19 missing, the coast guard said Wednesday.

Lt. Felix Claro, coast guard operations officer in Iloilo city, said a mayor in Romblon province gave the casualty figures in reporting by radio that the vessel Gem sank Tuesday off Looc Bay, about 150 miles southeast of Manila.

Claro said the mayor reported that at least 134 people were rescued.

The officer said he sent a rescue team to verify the radio message but bad weather delayed operations. He did not give the mayor’s name.