Death toll in Cebu sea tragedy reaches 52

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 19 2013 12:17 PM | Updated as of Aug 19 2013 08:25 PM

MANILA - The death toll from the sea mishap in Cebu on Friday night has reached 52.

Authorities were able to recover nine bodies on Monday morning from the sunken ship MV St. Thomas Aquinas. 

There are 68 still missing. Bad weather and an oil spill have hampered divers from pursuing further search operations, however.

Divers on Sunday saw more bodies inside the passenger ship that sank following a collision with a cargo ship.

Lt. Gen. Roy Deveraturda, commander of the military’s Central Command, said authorities have to do a full-scale underwater operation.