Thirty-one other passengers and crew were plucked out of the water. 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.
The dead included six women, but their identities have not been established. 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.