Human error eyed in ship collision

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THE Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) on Thursday said that humanerror played a large part in the recent collision of two ships in Talisay City, Cebu that resulted in the death of 75 people.

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Marina Administrator Maximo Mejia Jr. said that initial investigation of the collision between passenger ship MV Saint Thomas Aquinas of 2GO and Sulpicio Express 7 of Philippine Span Asia showed that the former deviated from its usual route.

“There is accurate information on the 2GO track. If you look at the track, it’s not coming into the lane it’s supposed to,” he said in an interview aired over the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC).

Mejia said that they will also check if the cargo vessel of Sulpicio also deviated from its route.

The number of fatalities from the sea collision rose to 75 as of Thursday morning as Coast Guard divers recovered four more bodies from the sunken passenger vessel. So far, 750 passengers of the Thomas Aquinas have been rescued.

The Coast Guard continues the search for possible survivors or bodies of fatalities.

Philippine Navy spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Fabic said that among those recovered was a headless body with no lower extremities.

Fabic said that the search continues for the 45 missing passengers.

Meanwhile, a fourth group of British technical divers is due to arrive to help in the search operation.

2Go Shipping, owner of the sunken ship, commissioned the British divers who will also look into the possibility of lifting the vessel.

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