Cebu ferry collision toll now at 91
46 still missing; 9 survivors remain in hospital

AFTERMATH. Life rafts from the sunken ferry St. Thomas Aquinas float in front of cargo ship Sulpicio Express 7 on August 17, 2013, whose bow was destroyed after a colliding with the ferry the night before off Talisay, Cebu. Photo by AFP/Ted Aljibe

MANILA, Philippines – The toll from the August 16 collision between a passenger ferry and a cargo ship off Cebu has risen to 91, government said Thursday, August 29.

Forty-six people remain missing after the ferry MV St Thomas Aquinas sank in the incident, based on the reconciled tally by the Philippine Coast Guard and 2GO Shipping Lines.

Ouft of the 91, 52 have been identified. A total of 771 people from both vessels survived, with 9 still under medical care, the National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (NDRRMC) said in its latest situation report Thursday.

The rest of the survivors have returned home, the NDRRMC said.

The ferry St Thomas Aquinas collided with the cargo ship MV Sulpicio Express 7 late evening August 16 while both vessels were traversing the sea off Talisay City.

Sulpicio Express 7 was on its way to Davao, while the Aquinas was on its way to the port of Cebu.

The sunken ferry is still the focus of a search and retrieval operations, while oil from the ship has caused an oil spill affecting several nearby municipalities. –

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