Atleast 45 dead, 15 missing as ferry capsized off the coast of Ormoc City

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Tragic incident happened on July 2, 2015 where MB Kim Virdana sank after it left the Ormoc port just after a few minutes.

Ormoc City, Leyte - The motorized banca M/B Kim Virdana, carrying 179 passengers and 16 crew members, was bound for Pilar, Camotes when it sank around 12:10 p.m. Thursday, July 2, just a few minutes after it left the Ormoc port.

Lieutenant Christopher Gamet, operations officer of Coast Guard District Eastern Visayas reported that big waves and strong winds caused the ferry to capsize.

However, the state weather bureau said Tropical Depression “Egay” had nothing to do with the passenger ferry that capsized in the waters off Ormoc City on Thursday.

“We don’t see any effect from [Tropical Depression] Egay in the incident,” Fernando Cada, weather forecaster of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said by phone.

Human error is also eyed as the cause of the accident. Coast guard officials and survivors said it wasn't immediately clear what caused the 36-ton boat, which was carrying a heavy cargo of construction materials and bags of rice, to overturn.

A survivor named Lawrence Drake, a retired firefighter from Rochester, New York, said he was able to revive a woman who wasn't breathing while they were in the water via mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

The rescue team is still searching for possible survivors from the incident.

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