Divers recover bodies from capsized ferry in the Philippines

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Rescuers help passengers from a capsized ferry boat, center, in Ormoc city on Leyte Island, Philippines, Thursday, July 2, 2015. A ferry capsized Thursday as it left a central Philippine port in choppy waters, leaving dozens dead and many others missing, coast guard officials said. (Ignatius Martin/Miquicar Photostudio via AP)

Rescue workers recovered more bodies Friday from a ferry that capsized in the Philippines. The ferry overturned in choppy waters off Ormoc City Thursday. The death toll has reached 51 and there are still more than a dozen people missing. CCTV’s Ellen Scott reported on this.

Divers recover bodies from capsized ferry in the Philippines

Rescue workers recovered more bodies Friday from a ferry that capsized in the Philippines. The ferry overturned in choppy waters off Ormoc City Thursday. The death toll has reached 51 and there are still more than a dozen people missing. CCTV's Ellen Scott reported on this.

It was Thursday when the “MB Kim-Nirvana” flipped over, just minutes after leaving port. According to the Philippines coast guard, at least 141 people survived.  Infants and young children are among the dead; search and rescue efforts are still underway. It’s unclear what caused the boat to capsize. Passengers said the ferry appeared to turn sharply to the right and hit a big wave before overturning.

Ferry accidents are relatively common in the Philippines – often due to overcrowding and poor safety standards. Investigators are examining possible causes, but the priority is to find those still unaccounted for.


Jim Staples on Philippine ferry accident
For more on this ferry disaster, CCTV America’s Susan Roberts spoke to Jim Staples, a maritime safety expert based in New Orleans.

Jim Staples on Philippine ferry accident

For more on this ferry disaster, CCTV America's Susan Roberts spoke to Jim Staples, a maritime safety expert based in New Orleans.