The boat, called the Kim Nirvana, was heading from the port of Ormoc to the island of Camotes when it overturned.
BREAKING: Boat bound for Camotes Is. capsized off Ormoc City pier. Initial info: More than 100 people onboard pic.twitter.com/cAcLp8SJA8— ABS-CBN News Channel (@ANCALERTS) July 2, 2015
BREAKING: Coast guard says 36 dead, 19 missing, 118 rescued in ferry capsize in Philippines— The Associated Press (@AP) July 2, 2015
Dozens of survivors were found clinging to the hull of the capsized boat approximately half a mile (one kilometer) off the coast, according to Ciriaco Tolibao from Ormoc's disaster risk reduction and management office.
Tolibao, however, did not clarify the number of people who were rescued and the number of those still missing.
Photo: Emergency services respond to capsized ferry off Ormoc City, Philippines — via ANCALERTS pic.twitter.com/4SbH3sA68A— Miroslav Georgiev (@mirogeorgiev97) July 2, 2015