Philippine rescuers resume search for ferry disaster victims, hoping for miracle
CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES (AFP) - Philippine rescuers struggled in rough seas on Sunday as they resumed a bleak search for 170 people missing in the Philippines' latest ferry disaster, but insisted miracle survivor stories were possible.
Thirty-two people have been confirmed dead after the ferry, carrying 830 passengers and crew, sank almost instantly on Friday night following a collision with a cargo vessel outside a major port in the central city of Cebu.
Stormy weather forced an early suspension of search-and-rescue operations with a few hours of daylight remaining on Saturday, and similar conditions hampered the effort when rescuers returned to the waters at dawn on Sunday morning.
Navy spokesman Lieutenant-Commander Gregory Fabic said the weather had again prevented divers from reaching the sunken vessel, where many of those missing were believed trapped, but rescuers would make every effort to get there.