Death toll in M/V St. Thomas Aquinas I sinking now at 96

August 30, 2013 9:41 am 

MANILA, Aug. 29 – With the recovery of two more bodies late Thursday afternoon, the death toll in the sinking of the M/V St. Thomas Aquinas I last Aug. 16 has now climbed to 96.

This was disclosed by Lt. Jim Alagao, AFP Central Command spokesperson.

He added that the bodies were recovered inside the hull of the stricken ship.

One of the cadavers is an adult male while the other is female.

Alagao added that retrieval efforts stopped around 5: 30 p.m. and will resume Friday morning.

He also said that the number of missing is now at 41.

The M/V Saint Thomas Aquinas 1, sank after colliding with the M/V Sulpicio Express 7 last Aug. 16.

The collision produced an oil spill that affected Cordova town, prompting the provincial government to declare the province under a state of calamity. (PNA)

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