MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The search for hundreds of bodies believed trapped inside a sunken ferry in the Philippines has been suspended. Officials fear divers could be exposed to toxic chemicals in the cargo hold.
It turns out the vessel was carrying 22,000 pounds of pesticide intended for pineapple plantations when it capsized in shallow water in a typhoon last Saturday. Only the bow is visible above the water.
More than 100 divers, including eight U.S. servicemen, are part of the search.
A Philippine health official says the pesticide does not dissolve easily and could be lethal to humans.
More than 850 people were on board the ferry. Only 56 are known to have survived. More than 120 bodies washed ashore or were recovered at sea.