LOOK: Pump boat capsizes in Iloilo-Guimaras strait; 7 dead, 2 missing

A passenger pump boat plying the Iloilo-Guimaras route capsized Sunday afternoon, amid strong winds and heavy rains brought by typhoon Lando.

In an initial report by AksyonRadyo, the boat named MV Tawash had just left the Parola wharf on the way to Jordan when gusty winds and waves overturned the vessel.

Update: Mary Ann Gallego, passenger of the capsized boat, passed away early morning of Monday at St. Paul’s Hospital, bumping the casualties to 7.

Lieutenant Edison Diaz of Philippine Coast Guard said that boat was carrying 33 passengers and five crew when it capsized. The rescue operation is still ongoing, and six persons including an 8-year-old girl were already brought to hospitals in Iloilo.

Related: Complete list of passengers released.

Governor Samuel Gumarin of Guimaras reported over Bombo Radyo that 6 passengers have already died, with the following names:
1. Larry Abilla, 59-crew;
2. Ruben Gania, 54-crew;
3. Cora Ganila;
4. Mark Reial Mata, 9;
5. Luke Shile Mata, 6;
6. Christine Daryle Vasquez; and
7. Mary Ann Gallego

Still confined at ICU of St. Paul Hospital:
1. Cherry Beth Silverio
2. Chris John Cepada

Two are still missing: 3-year-old Carl Joseph Gamutia and 30-year-old Shayne Matta.

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Facebook user Mark Provido Piad shared on social media photos of the toppled boat with some passengers hanging onto it.

Coast Guard Iloilo said that they are still rescuing the passengers, six of them have already been brought to Iloilo hospitals including an 8-year-old girl.

Gumarin assured that the province of Guimaras will provide assistance to all the victims.

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