The Philippine ship collision death toll has risen to 34, two days after a passenger ferry collided with a cargo ship in the Mactan Channel. According to CNN News on Aug. 18, 2013, there are still 85 people unaccounted for. The Philippine Coast Guard reports that 751 people were rescued, with some still in the hospital today with injuries.
The MV St. Thomas Aquinas ferry and the cargo ship Sulpicio collided when leaving separate ports and crossing paths in the channel. This accident happened at about 9 p.m. on Friday night. The ferry was able to get out a distress signal before going down. The ship sank in 10 minutes.
The passengers spoke of their grim ordeal, one man is missing his son and daughter. He had his son by the hand but he accidently let him go and now he does know of his son's fate. A group of friends aboard the ship felt the collision and then the ship tilted, they ran out to the deck, but some of their friends did not make it.
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The passenger ferry sank quickly, but luckily the cargo ship stayed afloat despite the hole in the bow the size of a bus due to the collision. The cargo ship, along with other ships in the channel came to the aid of people in the water. The Philippine Coast Guard arrived and sent divers down to the sunken ship. It has been two days since the collision, so the search is most likely in the recovery stage today.