MANILA — Grieving relatives of people who died in the sinking of an inter-island ferry camped outside the office of the shipping line Wednesday and surged toward its gates when word spread that more bodies were recovered.
The navy said 141 corpses have been found since the Dona Paz, believed to have been carrying more than 1,600 people, collided with the tanker Victor and sank in blazing seas Sunday night.
Only 26 people survived the disaster, one of the worst in peacetime in this century.
Relatives surged toward the gates of Sulpicio Shipping Lines, owner of the 2,215-ton Dona Paz, when it became known that a commercial ship was bringing in eight bodies Wednesday.
The ship docked elsewhere in Manila harbor. The bodies, in netting on the rear of the ship, were transferred to a coast guard vessel and taken to a funeral home.