Girl listed as survivor found dead in cosmo-A A +A
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
EMALYN Sinday, 22, was relieved to see the name of her two-year-old daughter in the list of survivors of last Friday’s ship collision.
But the list, posted outside the office of 2Go Shipping Lines at Pier 4, Cebu City, turned out to be inaccurate.
She later found her daughter at the Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes.
The child got separated from her in the chaos that followed the collision off Lawis Ledge in Talisay City last Friday night.
Emalyn is from Dapa, Surigao del Norte.
She identified Gwen by the child’s clothes - a pink jacket and shoes.
She recalled she was watching a concert inside the ship when it shook violently.
Emalyn, an aunt and a cousin scrambled to get life jackets.
She held Gwen in her arms, but they were swept away by the water.
She saw a rescuer and asked him to save Gwen first. The child was soaked in oil and was hardly moving.
Emalyn was brought to the shores of Sitio Salvador, Barangay Tanke in Talisay City and transferred to the hospital.
“Wala na ko kita niya hangtod didto (It was the last time I saw my daughter),” she said.
While looking for Gwen at the 2Go office, Emalyn saw her child’s name in the survivors’ list. She was worried because she still could not find her daughter.
“Wala gyud ko katug hangtod di nako siya makit-an (I couldn’t sleep),” she said.
She checked the funeral homes at 10 a.m. yesterday and saw her daughter there.
Emalyn and her daughter were bound for Manila. Her aunt and cousin survived.
As of yesterday, 51 bodies had been brought to Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes – 31 were identified.
The additional fatalities are Eugenia Negro, 71; Francis James Sanchez, 2; Julius Flores, 25; Ruffa Mae Fuentes, 8 mos.; Maris Rose Dandan, 28; Carl Ivan Salas, 4 mos.; Verdinita Agudera, 46; and Reynaldo Cañas, 49.
On the third day since the incident, some survivors have lost hope of finding their missing loved ones alive.
Abundania Ahit, 57, of Bayugan, Butuan City said she’d rather see her husband and grandson dead than not found.
“At least naa ta’y closure ba,” she said.
Ahit and her daughter Rubelyn, 29, survived. But her husband Jaime, 63, and grandson Danilo, 5, remain missing.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 20, 2013.