Seven people were killed while three others remain missing when a passenger boat capsized off Simunul, Tawi-Tawi, Wednesday afternoon, a police official said.

The M/B Mt. Sarina was sailing in waters off Brgy. Bakong around 2:30 p.m. when it was battered by big waves and capsized, Senior Supt. Rodelio Jocson, Tawi-Tawi provincial police director, said.

The boat was carrying 25 passengers at the time, he said.

Fifteen passengers were rescued while seven bodies were recovered by members of the Simunul Police, Navy, Coast Guard, and officials of Brgys. Tampakan, Pagasinan, and Bakong, Jocson said.

As of Thursday morning, authorities are still looking for three passengers of the ill-fated boat despite the bad weather, he said. (John Roson)

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