Aug. 17 - Heavy rains and poor visibility have forced the Philippine Coast Guard to temporarily suspend its search for survivors in a deadly ferry collision. Nathan Frandino reports.
The Philippine Coast Guard is suspending its search for survivors of a deadly ferry disaster due to heavy rain and poor visibility. Dozens are dead and more than 100 are still missing after a ferry collided with a cargo vessel Friday night outside the central port of Cebu (say-boo). Officials say divers will resume the search on Sunday. SOUNDBITE: Philippine Coast Guard Chief, Rodolfo Isorena saying: "The idea of sending the technical diver is to at least reach the vessel and find out if there are people that are trapped inside the vessel." Officials have also launched an investigation to look into the cause. SOUNDBITE: Department Of Transprotation And Communications Secretary, Joseph Emilio Abaya saying: "It is a fact-finding body. It will not determine liability; its primary purpose is to gather facts, to make sure that such an incident will never happen again. MARINA (Marine Industry Authority) will convene its own investigation, it will also determine liability as to personnel, criminal and likewise as to the CPCs (Certificate of Public Convenience) and to the franchises." The cargo vessel that collided with the ferry is owned by Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corp, which had a ferry involved in another deadly accident in 1987. In that accident, the ferry collided with a tanker, killing its more than 4,000 passengers and 11 of the tanker's 13-man crew.