The death toll in a ferry sinking in the central Philippines rose to 35 as rescuers searched for more than 200 still missing Saturday, the military said, dpa reported.
Emergency workers have rescued 630 people from the waters off Talisay City in Cebu province, 580 kilometres south of Manila, where the MV St Thomas Aquinas sank Friday evening after colliding with a cargo ship.
Lieutenant Jim Alagao, spokesman for the military's central command, said 216 people were still missing.
The coast guard said 870 people were on board the ferry. But the ship's owner said only 841 people were on its initial manifest. The vessel has an authorized capacity of 1,010.
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