Technical divers from the Philippine Navy (PN) have recovered 10 more bodies in the wreck of the ill-fated M/V St. Thomas Aquinas on Monday morning.
Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Fabic, PN spokesperson, said that diving operations were started around 8 a.m.
He said that Navy divers immediately recovered the body of a child around four years old near the hull of the sunken ship.
While the nine cadavers were retrieved when the diving team managed to enter the compartments of the M/V St. Thomas Aquinas.
Fabic said that another team of divers is expected to arrive within the day to augment the efforts of the first team of technical divers helping in the search operations.
The PN spokesperson said that these divers will be coming from the “Seabees” or engineering experts of the Navy.
In the ongoing diving operations, Fabic said that naval divers are being aided by divers from the Police Regional Office-7 and South Korean volunteers.
Earlier reports placed the number of dead in the sinking to 40. PNA