Search for more bodies in sunken ferry resumes Monday



Navy divers will resume on Monday looking for more bodies of passengers and crew trapped inside the M/V St. Thomas Aquinas when it sank after colliding with a cargo ship off Talisay City last Friday.

Naval Forces Central operations officer Lt. Cmdr. Noel Escalona on Sunday said retrieval operations will start once marker buoys are placed around the site where they ferry went under.

Escalona declined to say how many bodies could be inside the sunken ship but said the divers have seen some bodies but were unable to recover them bodies because of difficulty in getting to the wreck.

Escalona the St. Thomas Aquinas lies between 100 to 120 feet of water and diving at this depth requires special training and breathing apparatus.

He added that the four divers from the Naval Special Operations Group are being assisted by two members from Police Regional Office-7 and two South Korean divers.

Around 85 people are still missing as this posting.

The death toll climbed to 34 after Navy divers recovered two bodies from the ship before 10 a.m on Sunday.

The St. Thomas Aquinas 1 was passing through a narrow strait in the port of Cebu in the when it collided with a cargo ship on Friday night.

The ferry was carrying more than 800 people, while the M/V Sulpicio Express 7, which did not sink, had 36 crew members.




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