Ferry Sinks in Collision in Philippines; 28 Dead, 213 Missing
A ferry with more than 800 people aboard sank near the central Philippine port of Cebu after colliding with a cargo vessel, killing at least 28 people. Hundreds of others were rescued, the coast guard said on Saturday.
Dozens were still missing, but authorities could not give an official figure.
The captain of the ferry MV Thomas Aquinas ordered the ship abandoned after it began listing and then sank after the collision late on Friday, coast guard deputy chief Rear Adm. Luis Tuason said.
Cebu coast guard chief, Cmdr. Weniel Azcuna, said 28 people, including children, were confirmed dead and 629 passengers had been rescued by early Saturday.
However, DPA sources report that the military confirms the death toll to have risen to 35 as rescuers searched for more than 200 still missing.
Speaking by telephone from Cebu, Azcuna said they were still searching the waters for survivors. He also said authorities were still trying to determine the actual number of people on board.
In a statement, ferry owner 2Go said the roll-on-roll-off ship had 752 passengers, 118 crew including children and infants and carried 104 6-meter steel containers.
Navy divers recovered at least four more bodies from the underwater wreck early Saturday. “There could be more bodies there, but there were ropes inside that our divers could get entangled in,” Tuason said.
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