2 Ships Col­lide off Tal­isay

Sun Star Cebu Yearbook - - FRONT PAGE -

Many of the nearly 900 pas­sen­gers of the M/ V St. Thomas Aquinas were sleep­ing when the ves­sel col­lided with the cargo ship Sulpi­cio Ex­press Si­ete on the night of Aug. 16, 2013.

The Aquinas sank within 15 min­utes of im­pact, the Coast Guard later said. And the ship re­mained un­der­wa­ter, still near Lawis Ledge off the shores of Tal­isay City, at the end of the year.

The col­li­sion left 116 peo­ple dead. Tech­ni­cal divers were ex­pected, early in 2014, to re­port whether it was safe to let the Aquinas re­main un­der­wa­ter, con­sid­er­ing how many other ves­sels had pre­vi­ously run aground in that vicin­ity.

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