Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Cebu ferry disaster: 57 bodies claimed

A total of 57 bodies of fatalities in the sinking of MV St. Thomas Aquinas have already been released to their families while 47 bodies remained unidentified as of yesterday, a funeral parlor staff said.

Bong Ebo of the Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes said the 57 bodies that have been identified were already released to the claimants after proper documentation while the process of identifying 47 bodies continues nearly three weeks after the sinking of MV St. Thomas Aquinas.

The police earlier said they will have to conduct DNA testing to identify some of the fatalities, a process that could take up to a year.

Based on Cebu Coast Guard records, 29 persons remained missing. These include 23 passengers and six crew of the ship.

A total of 733 people (629 passengers and 104 crew) were rescued, while 108 persons (102 passengers and six crew) were confirmed dead.

Wednesday 4 September 2013


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