After entering the Dim-Sum restaurant we placed our wet raincoats over the backs of our chairs and sat down. The menu was thick with options.
“This looks really good, but don’t eat the fish,” Leah said.
“Why?” I asked.
“Because two weeks ago, a passenger ship traveling between Cebu and Bohol was struck by a freighter and sank within 10 minutes.”
“Wow, that sucks.”
“Yeah, and the rescue divers pulled about 28 bodies out of the water, but there are still 200 people missing.”
“Holy cow! When was this?”
“Two weeks ago, on the 16th.”
I sat there, watching the water droplets slide down the outside of my water glass. 28 bodies. 200 people still missing. Near Bohol, where I am now. I had first heard the story from a Texan expat at Alona beach, two days ago. He had watched the rescue divers from his ferry 6 hours after the accident. They had been using compressed air in balloons to lift the bodies to the surface. The water was 200 meters deep.
I glanced back to the menu.
“Uh, so why shouldn’t I order the fish?”
Leah glanced at me, “Because of what fish do to decaying body tissue.”
Editors Note: At this time, no additional survivors have been located from the wreck. For more info, click Here.