Death toll in Leyte ferry disaster rises to six
MANILA, Philippines–The death toll in the sunken roll-on, roll-off MV Maharlika 2 rose to six as search and retrieval operations of the Philippine Coast Guard continue off Southern Leyte coast.
Lieutenant Commander Marineth Domingo, Philippine Navy Public Affairs Office chief, confirmed on Monday that three more bodies have been recovered off San Ricardo coast.
Of the three, two were found at 12 noon on Monday 2.5 nautical miles west off Hagakhag Island. Domingo said that one of the fatalities is estimated to be a female her mid 30s.
“(However), there is no information yet that will confirm that three bodies recovered are the reported three missing individuals on the sunken ship,” Domingo said in a statement.
As of 8 a.m. Monday, three were recorded dead in the maritime accident, including Rahima Ismael, 20, Armando Mosqueda, and an unidentified victim. Three others were injured.
The bodies were brought to Aldonza Funeral Homes in Surigao City.
“The Navy would still continue its operations to assist and recover the survivors and fatalities of the sea mishap that had transpired this weekend,” Domingo added.
On Saturday night, Maharlika 2, carrying 58 passengers and 31 crew members, sunk when it encountered a steering casualty.
At least 113 individuals survived the sea mishap.
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