KIDAPAWAN, Philippines – Officials in the southern Philippines say an overcrowded passenger boat carrying mostly grade school students to a math contest has overturned. Three passengers died, two others were missing and more than a dozen were rescued.
Police Superintendent Leo Ajero says waves generated by a passing vessel caused the motorboat to overturn along the Pulangi River in Kabacan town early Wednesday.
Three bodies have been found. None of them were students, but one of the people missing is a student. Ajero says a search is continuing.
It was not immediately clear if the students who survived the accident continued their trip to the Kabacan school to compete in the contest.