Ferry death claims 70 lives
70 people have been confirmed dead and more than 700 remain missing more than four days after a ferry capsized in a typhoon off the coast of the Philippines.
Overseer for the Philippine Disaster Response agency, Gilberto Teodoro, said 48 survivors were found washed ashore in different places around Sibuyan Island, where the ferry was toppled by Typhoon Fengshen early Saturday morning.
It has been reported that 866 people were aboard the Ferry, and of this number 725 were passengers and the remaining 141 were crew members.
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, has offered her prayers to the victims and their families.
The United States military has sent a naval craft from Okinawa and Hawaii to assist the Philippines in relief, search-and-rescue efforts.