Desperate search for 200 missing in Philippine ferry disaster
CEBU (AFP) - Rescuers aboard helicopters and speed boats were desperately searching Saturday for more than 200 people missing after a ferry sank in the Philippines, with at least 26 already confirmed dead.
The St Thomas Aquinas ferry was carrying 870 passengers and crew when it collided with a cargo ship on Friday night in calm waters near the port of Cebu, the Philippines’ second biggest city, authorities said.
While 629 people had been rescued by early Saturday morning, 215 were still unaccounted for and 26 bodies had been retrieved, according to the coast guard’s headquarters in Manila.
One survivor, Ms Maribel Manalo, 23, recounted to her brother the horror of suddenly being plunged into the cold water in darkness, and emerging from the chaos without her mother.