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Death toll in Cagayan sea tragedy climbs to 44
MANILA, Philippines – Local authorities on Wednesday said the number of confirmed deaths in the M/B Maejan sea tragedy off Cagayan province rose to 44 while nine others remain missing.

In a phone interview with GMANews.TV, Senior Inspector Alex delos Santos,police chief in Ballesteros, Cagayan, said 13 more bodies were recovered Wednesday morning.

Delos Santos said the number of survivors was still pegged at 45.

In another phone interview, PO1 Alona Jimenez identified 30 of the fatalities as:

1. Amy Arellano
2. Winifredo Agarpao
3. Angel Suarez
4. Christine Cangas
5.Eva Llopis
6. Asela Tamboa
7. Ofelia Fadero Balmes
8. Paz Escalante
9.Adena Tan Arellano
10. Ralaine Allado
11. Nelly Cangas
12. Leonardo Llopis
13. Delia Llopis
14. Marilou Menor
15. Leonila Gorospe
16. Salvacion Duerme
17. Relly dela Cruz
18. Innocencia Llopis
19. Generosa Duero
20.Letty Bernejo Balmores
21. Nicetas Duero
22. Esperanza Duerma
23. Rhea Cangas
24. Rhea Cangas’ one-year-old baby
25. Raica Allado
26. James Neil Duerme
27. Luzviminda Visario
28. Aaron Tamboa
29. Ivonne Ydel
30. Raymond Remolacio 

The remaining 14 passengers have yet to be identified, Jimenez said.

The wooden-hulled M/B Maejan left the Calayan port in Cagayan province Sunday morning but failed to enter the port of Aparri due to big waves and strong current until it was dragged and capsized about 50 meters from the shoreline of Pallog village in Ballesteros town.

The cargo vessel was loaded with more than 100 people along with a cargo of pigs, cows and carabaos (water buffaloes). Earlier reports said that M/B Maejan was authorized to carry only 50 passengers. – Sophia R. Dedace, GMANews.TV  
Death toll in Cagayan sea tragedy climbs to 44
Courtesy of GMA News,Beta