7 dead, 13 missing as boats capsize in Philippines

People ride motorcycles on a flooded street after heavy rain in Manila, Philippines on August 02, 2019. (Photo by LITO BORRAS/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
People ride motorcycles on a flooded street after heavy rain in Manila, Philippines on August 02, 2019. (Photo by LITO BORRAS/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

At least seven people died and 13 were missing after two boats capsized in rough seas off the central Philippines on Saturday, rescuers said.

Thirty-one other passengers and crew were plucked out of the water, coastguard spokesman Armand Balilo told reporters.

Both vessels ply the short hop between the port city of Iloilo and the nearby island of Guimaras. The accidents happened at almost the same time, Balilo said.

"The winds and the waves suddenly became strong," he added.

Seasonal southwest monsoons have churned up the seas on the western section of the Philippines over the past week.

The dead included six women, but their identities had not been established, said Balilo.

Philippine Red Cross posted pictures of the two vessels on social media, showing one turned upside down as rescuers swam nearby, while the other was almost completely sunk with just the bow above water.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Who do you think is going to win the 2020 US election?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Biden is going to take it
47% - 7927 votes
It's four more years for Trump
53% - 9092 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
16.27
(-0.32)
ZAR/GBP
21.17
(-0.05)
ZAR/EUR
19.27
(-0.30)
ZAR/AUD
11.57
(-0.08)
ZAR/JPY
0.16
(-0.18)
Gold
1901.21
(+0.16)
Silver
24.25
(-0.69)
Platinum
888.00
(-0.84)
Brent Crude
41.25
(0.00)
Palladium
2359.87
(-0.27)
All Share
54964.66
(-0.68)
Top 40
50334.78
(-0.71)
Financial 15
10614.50
(-1.63)
Industrial 25
74530.61
(-0.50)
Resource 10
52257.96
(-0.58)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo