Body with no feet found off Cordova, Cebu


Posted at Aug 22 2013 03:09 PM | Updated as of Aug 22 2013 11:09 PM

MANILA -- A body with no feet was found off Cordova, Cebu Thursday afternoon, bringing the number of fatalities in the collision between passenger vessel M/V St. Thomas Aquinas of 2GO Group Inc. and cargo ship Sulpicio Express Siete to 75.

The body of the still unidentified person was found by residents of Barangay Bangbang past 1 p.m.

The body will be brought to a funeral home in Cebu City.

Meanwhile, a right foot was found off the shore of Barangay Calawisan in Lapu-Lapu City also this afternoon.

Authorities have yet to confirm if the recovered foot was one of the missing feet of the body found in Cordova.

Other body parts were also found in Lapu-Lapu City Wednesday. "May torso, leg, an arm, but we list them as body parts," Cebu Disaster Management Chief Niel Sanchez said.

Forty-five others remain missing, over 20 of whom are children.

A total of 831 people were on board the M/V St. Thomas Aquinas, 715 of whom were passengers while 116 were crew members, when it collided with Sulpicio Express Siete, last August 16.

The Sulpicio vessel, which carried 36 crew members, sustained damage but did not sink.

The collision also caused an oil spill. A team of technical divers have been deployed to stop the leak.

Over 200 military, coastguard and police are also helping mop up a large oil spill that has leaked from the sunken ferry, polluting valuable mangroves, fishing grounds and popular beach resorts. -- Report from Dexter Ganibe, dzMM; With report from Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News; Agence France-Presse