The number of the rescued passengers stood at 750, a news agency cited the coast guard as saying. Passenger vessel MV St Thomas Aquianas and cargo ship Sulpicio Express 7 collided off Lawis Ledge, Talisay city, on Friday night.

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The passenger vessel sank immediately after the incident. However, all the 38 crew members of the cargo vessel were safe.

Search and rescue operations for the remaining passengers of MV Thomas Aquinas have been temporarily suspended due to unfavourable weather conditions, officials said.The cause of the accident has not yet been determined.

(Agencies)

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