A ferry sinks off the coast of the Philippines killing 31 with approximately 200 people still missing at sea, according to “Fox and Friends Weekend” on Saturday morning, Aug. 17. The ferry's collision with a cargo ship caused it to sink quickly and rescue crews have been searching the waters for survivors. Divers are going down to the completely submerged ferry looking for possible survivors who may have found an air pocked inside the sunken vessel.
According to CNN News on Saturday, the packed ferry collided with the cargo ship at about 9 p.m. on Friday night in the Mactan Channel which runs between the Philippine islands. The Philippine Coast Guard reports Saturday morning that 600 people have been rescued, with 31 bodies pulled from the water. They reported to CNN that the search for 172 people, who are unaccounted for, is still underway. The latest reports have at least 44 people in the hospital being treated for injuries from this accident at sea.
Before the ferry sank, it was able to get a distress signal out which sent rescuers into high gear to the area. The ferry, MV St. Thomas Aquinas, was coming from Butuan City and the cargo ship, Sulpicio, was leaving Cebu when the ships crossed paths and the collision occurred. The cargo ship, which had only 20 onboard helped the Navy, Coast Guard and commercial vessels in the area rescue the people in the water.
The cargo ship's metal is crunched like a aluminum can and there's also a gapping hole visible on the bow of the vessel, which is about the size of a bus. The hole is well above the water level, allowing the ship to stay afloat. The two ships must have collided with such a powerful force to do this amount of damage to the cargo ship.