The number of fatalities from the collision of a ferry and a cargo ship Friday night off Talisay City in Cebu stood at 35 on Saturday afternoon, and authorities expect the number to climb as rescue operations went into full gear.
Lt. Jim Alagao, public affairs officer of the military’s central command, said at least 35 bodies have been recovered with 216 more people, mostly passengers of the M/V St. Thomas Aquinas still missing.
Alagao said 630 survivors have been rescued. based on the report of the Philippine Coast Guard station in Cebu.
He said the Navy and Coast Guard continued to search for the missing, but divers looking for bodies in the sunken ferry had to stop because of poor visibility.
“We conducted a dive earlier, but due to poor visibility they had to stop… divers from the Coast Guard and Navy reached 80 feet, but visibility is poor and that is a dangerous situation,” Alagao said.