The officials said on Sunday, 25 died after three boats sunk and that the rescuers have retrieved more bodies from the sea off the central Philippines. On Saturday, a sudden gust of wind hit three wooden-hulled outriggers in the Guimaras Strait while rest of the country was hit by seasonal southwest monsoon winds, said the coastguard.
The Civil Defence official Franco Agudo told reporters, they have recovered the bodies of 14 passengers and also the crew, taking the toll 25.
It was confirmed by the regional police chief Rene Pamuspusan on Sunday that 25 people had died and six more people are still missing. He further added that 55 individuals were rescued.
The state-run Philippine News Agency (PNA) has released a dramatic picture of the rescue divers placing two dead bodies, one still wearing a red life vest, on top of the only parts of one boat left above water.
The Philippines has long been facing a poor shipping safety record and every year many people lost their lives in the sea especially aboard boats that move people from one small island to another.
Sea accidents usually occur in the middle of the year because this is the time when the country is frequently hit by storms and typhoons.