(UPDATED) Death toll in ships collision in Cebu rises to 81, list of casualties provided

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Friday night, Aug 16, 2013 collision between ferry M/V Thomas Aquinas 1 vs cargo Sulpicio Express 7

Flash! Dead victims recovered as of Saturday, Aug. 24 (11:56 p.m.) rises to 81.http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news
Partial list of casualties here, or connect to Twitter ‏@DyesaTubig.
Last Friday night, about 9:p.m., August 16, 2013, two ships figured in a horrible collision in the seawaters off Lawis Ledge in Talisay City, Cebu, bringing undetermined loses in lives of passengers and crew and valuables.
Chief of MARINA (Maritime Industry Authority) Enforcement Office Arnie Santiago said their initial finding on the cause of the sea mishap is human error
Survivors said it was the cargo ship Sulpicio Express 7 that hit the starboard (right side) of the passenger ship which came from Nasipit and bound for Manila, according to District Commander of the PCG, Central Visayas, Commodore William Melad.
It was a little fortunate that the friction caused by the sudden collision didn’t set fire to the vessels, but the damage sustained by the passenger ship M/V Thomas Aquinas 1 was enough to make it sink just 10 minutes after the tragedy, sending some of the alert passengers to jump overboard to save their lives, while some not knowing where to go because of darkness, went with the sinking ship about 100 feet deep off Lawis Ledge in Talisay City, Cebu.

4 days of search & rescue efforts

As of 10:50 a.m. of Monday, August 19 or four days after the tragedy, the PCG (Philippine Coast Guard) said an increasing total of 55 dead persons have already been fished out from the sea by brave divers comprising the search and rescue operation team. The PCG bared that 68 more passengers and crew of the sunken ship were still missing, and fortunately 750 passengers including crew of the same sunken ship have been rescued.

Oil spill

The 2Go Shipping Company issued an official statement saying they will address and contain the oil spill coming from the sunken vessel by flying in global oil spill experts to handle the situation in the Lawis Ledge in Talisay.
2GO wants to assure that the St. Thomas Aquinas' sinking will not aggravate the marine ecosystem of Talisay and other water bodies in Cebu, the company said.
Jordan Go said that their cargo ship Sulpicio Express 7 sustained damages at the front hull and was towed to the Cebu City port and their crew were safe.

Photo credit: cargo ship Sulpicio Express 7 @ask.com
Photo credit: Friday, Aug. 16 victims of ship collision @rappler.com

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
20th Aug 2013 (#)

how terrible! light to all....

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author avatar GEORGETA POPOIU
20th Aug 2013 (#)

Waw ! Terrible !

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author avatar n.c.radomes
20th Aug 2013 (#)

johnnydod, thank you for suggesting not to use too much of video; right at once I deleted the first 2 and changed them with pictures. It's good that my "attach image" works. I find it really puzzling because most of the time it doesn't work. It's an enigma to me. I'm already accustomed with video that's why I keep using it more than the image.

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author avatar n.c.radomes
20th Aug 2013 (#)

cnwriter, GEORGETA: My heartfelt thanks to both of you for the visit and for showing feelings of concern to the ship collision victims. Help me pray in whatever way for the eternal repose of the victims.

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