Death toll in Philippine ferry sinking now at 108; 29 still missing
MANILA (AFP) - Philippine divers have recovered more dead bodies from a ferry that sank after colliding with a cargo ship, raising the death toll from the incident to 108, the Coast Guard said on Monday.
Twenty-nine more passengers are still unaccounted for, more than two weeks after the St Thomas Aquinas went down off the port of the central city of Cebu.
Rescuers were able to save 733 people after the crash, the latest in a long list of sea mishaps to hit the Philippines, an archipelago of more than 7,100 islands.
The Aquinas was passing through a narrow sealane on its way to the port of Cebu when it was hit by the freighter on Aug 16. The ferry quickly sank and now lies on the seabed about 30m underwater, while the cargo vessel remained afloat despite sustaining damage.