Another body recovered from sunken M/V Catalyn B

January 8, 2010 10:46 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 8 — Diving team from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) retrieved on Friday morning another body of a woman from the sunken M/V Catalyn B off Limbones Island in Cavite province.

PCG-National Capital Region Commander Luis Tuazon said the body, which was recovered at 11 a.m., remained unidentified.

This brought to 11 the number of confirmed fatalities so far in the sinking of M/V Catalyn B on Christmas Eve. Sixteen other passengers are still missing while the number of survivors stand at 44.

Meanwhile, the baby girl whose body was recovered last Wednesday from the capsized vessel was identified as seven-month-old Rhein Shanel Abeleda.

Lieutenant Commander Marco Gines, PCG-Special Operations Group (PCG-SOG) deputy chief, said she was found under a bed in the 79-gross ton Catalyn B, a vessel owned and operated by the San Nicholas Shipping Lines.

The child was clad in pink overall with a pink plastic pacifier and a yellow shirt when found near the rear portion of the 28.15-meter long wooden-hulled vessel.

It was learned that the infant was with her father Renel, mother Aiza and Aunt Cecil, during the voyage. The three of them are among those still missing.

Aside from Rhein, the PCG identified the three other bodies found last Wednesday as those of Mario Redublo, 63; Ester Quinones, 54; and Ailyn Gasmen, 38. (PNA) scs/JES

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