Search goes on for bodies after ferry sinks in Philippines

Tha latest in a series of ferry tragedies off the Philippines ………

The Cruel Sea

Swallowed by the cruel sea so deep.
For hundreds who have lost their lives today
do not hold back the tears when you weep.

Eight hundred passengers, unaware, asleep,
immersed by foaming water, warm and grey,
swallowed by the cruel sea so deep.

You wonder why the cargo ship did keep
its course and crush the ferry; and you say,
“do not hold back the tears when you weep.”

For some the chance of life was steep.
Entrapped inside the ferry they would pay,
swallowed by the cruel sea so deep.

They fought, they struggled, some could barely creep
against the walls of water; and you pray,
“do not hold back the tears when you weep.”

They succumbed, their surviving families will reap
the desolation, not knowing where the bodies lay,
swallowed by the cruel sea so deep.
Do not hold back the tears when you weep.

16th August 2013 – headline from the Guardian.

Notes:  “Search goes on for bodies after ferry sinks in Philippines.”  Divers combed through a sunken ferry on Saturday to retrieve the bodies of more than 200 people missing from an overnight collision with a cargo vessel near the central Philippine port of Cebu that sent passengers jumping into the ocean and leaving many others trapped. At least 28 were confirmed dead and hundreds rescued.  The captain of the ferry MV Thomas Aquinas, which was approaching the port late on Friday, ordered the ship abandoned when it began listing and then sank just minutes after collision with the MV Sulpicio Express, coast guard deputy chief Rear Admiral Luis Tuason said.  Accidents at sea are common in the Philippines because of frequent storms, badly maintained boats and weak enforcement of safety regulations.  In 1987 the ferry Dona Paz sank after colliding with a fuel tanker in the Philippines, killing more than 4,341 people in the world’s worst peacetime maritime disaster.  In 2008 the ferry MV Princess of the Stars capsized during a typhoon in the central Philippines, killing nearly 800 people.

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