The Princess of the Stars ferry, carrying more than 860 people, sank in central Philippines as Typhoon Fengshen roared through the Southeast Asian country late on Saturday, causing landslides and severe flooding.
Eighteen of the 24 survivors were found on the island of Burias, while another six were located at sea by a plane.
Media reports as to the total number of survivors currently vary between 33 and 81. At least 22 dead bodies have been found inside the ferry. The rest of the passengers are listed as missing, and hopes are fading fast that they will be found alive.
The search for the ferry passengers, interrupted on Monday due to poor weather conditions, resumed on Tuesday.
The powerful typhoon has claimed at least 229 lives across the country, mostly in central areas. Apart from the ferry passengers, some 700 people are still missing. The typhoon is slowly moving northwest toward southern China.