A ferry sinks and leaves at least 31 killed and dozens others injured this week in a fatal crash with a cargo vessel some miles away from the Philippine port of Cebu, ABC reported this Saturday, Aug. 17. Rescue divers are searching through the sunken ferry following the collision that left some victims trapped and others voluntarily jumping into the water for their lives.
Ferry sinks is one thing that boat-goers never want to hear — so far, 31 people have been confirmed dead this weekend, while hundreds have been rescued from the crash site. Divers and rescuers are currently looking for more survivors.
The captain of the sunken ferry, Thomas Aquinas, ordered that the ship was to be abandoned earlier today after it began to drift, take on water, and then start to sink only minutes after impact. The exact number of victims and even passengers on the ferry remains unclear, as conflicting reports have been given.
According to a spokesman for the Transportation and Communications commission, the ferry carried exactly 831 people total — consisting of 715 passengers, along with 116 crew members — which was quite a bit lower than the numbers tolled by the coast guard and 2GO, the owner of the ferry.
As of now, estimates state that 31 passengers were killed in the ferry collision with the cargo ship, while 621 people were rescued.
A majority of the foreigners have been said to be in solid condition that were on board the ferry, though one man from New Zealand is currently in the hospital, noted the report.
Approximately 171 people have been alleged to be missing at this point, though that number is expected to decrease significantly once the number of crew members are taken into account.
It is believed that some missing passengers could be trapped inside the sinking ferry; rescue teams are still out in the waters attempting to locate and rescue victims of the crash.
According to the 2Go statement on the ferry sinks story, the ship “was critically hit by a cargo vessel … that resulted in major damage and led to its sinking.”
An investigation is being conducted to look into the exact causes of the collision after the rescue mission is complete, finished Coast Guard authorities.