All aboard capsized Philippine ferry accounted for; 45 dead

Rescue workers are winding down the search for survivors and bodies aboard a ferry that capsized shortly after departing from a central Philippine port, leaving 45 people dead.

Coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo said Friday that all 187 passengers and crew members of the M/B Kim Nirvana have been accounted for a day after the vessel overturned in choppy waters off Ormoc city. He said 142 survived and that there are no more reports of anyone missing.

The boat was preparing to sail on its routine voyage to the Camotes Islands to the south when it capsized.

Balilo said crews were waiting for the regional coast guard commander to declare an end to the search-and-rescue operation.

A floating crane pulled the 36-ton wooden motorized outrigger close to Ormoc port.

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4:08 a.m.: This article has been updated with a revised death toll.

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