Philippines studies how to remove sunken ferry
MANILA (AFP) - Philippine authorities on Tuesday studied ways to remove a sunken ferry that threatens to leak more fuel into a busy waterway as the death toll from the disaster rose further.
The St Thomas Aquinas ferry may be either refloated, cut up for salvage or dragged into deeper water away from the busy shipping channel off the central island of Cebu, said provincial civil defence chief Neil Sanchez.
These were the options presented by a salvage team hired by 2Go Travel, the ferry's operator which is also investigating ways to syphon out the fuel still inside the vessel to prevent further leaks from polluting the area, said Mr Sanchez.
"They will suck out the fuel, then refloat it or cut it up, or drag it into a deeper portion of the ocean," he said.