Ormoc sea tragedy: Kin of missing victims remain hopeful

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Relatives of the missing passengers of MB Kim Nirvana-B are remain hopeful.

Tacloban City (CNN Philippines) — Families of the missing passengers of the ill-fated MB Kim Nirvana-B continue to hope that their loved ones will be found.

Related: Motorboat capsizes off Ormoc City

Allan Lucero of Pilar, Camotes Island, was on the boat with his aunt and a cousin when it capsized, several minutes after it left Ormoc port. He survived; but his aunt, Celsa, was among the victims found in the Ormoc Bay. Lucero's cousin, Gerladine, remains missing.

As of this posting, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and other rescue teams have recovered 42 bodies from the bay. A total of 134 passengers, including three foreigners, have been rescued.

The survivors were brought to different hospitals in Ormoc City.

The boat was carrying a total of 189 passengers, including sacks of cement and rice.

At 7 a.m. today (July 3), a gale warning issued by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration prompted the PCG to ban passenger vessels with tonnage of less than 1,000 to leave the port.