Six more bodies recovered from Cebu sunken ferry, death toll now 71

By Balitang America Staff

Aug. 21, 2013

Divers resumed their search and rescue Wednesday morning to look for survivors and recover bodies from the sunken ferry off Talisay City in Cebu.

The M/V Saint Thomas Aquinas, owned by 2GO, sank near Lawis Ledge after it collided with cargo vessel M/V Sulpicio Express Siete on the night of August 16.

The Philippine Coast Guard told Sun Star Cebu that six more bodies were found, bringing the number of people who died in the tragedy to 71.

The PCG said divers had to stop search and rescue operations mid-morning because of strong underwater current. It resumed in the afternoon.

No new survivors were found. Forty-nine passengers of M/V Saint Thomas Aquinas are still missing.

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