The Philippine ship collision death toll now sits at 52 with 70 people still missing. According to “Fox and Friends” on Monday morning live, rescuers have not given up hope for still finding more survivors of this horrendous collision which sank a passenger ferry in 10 minutes.
The search and rescue was suspended Monday due to high seas, reports the Wall Street Journal on Monday, Aug 19. The Coast Guard and area fishermen were able to rescue 750 people, which included the captains of both ships that were involved in the collision, the passenger ferry and the cargo ship.
Before suspending the search on Monday, divers had pulled another 11 bodies out of the sunken ferry. The passenger ferry came to rest in about 150-feet of water after colliding with a cargo ship on Friday. One of the concerns over the weekend was the oil leaking from the ferry, which has already reached the shores of Lapu-Lapu City and Cordova Town.
Cebu Coast Guard Station Commander Weniel Azcuna said that the ferry was carrying 20 tons of diesel and 120 tons of bunker fuel. According to ABC the company that owns the sunken ship, 2Go Shipping Lines, has contracted Malayan Towage, an oil spill expert, to help in containing the spill. The Coast Guard is also using its own equipment to contain the oil spill.