Police identified the three men as all being from Siquijor – a concerned citizen noticed that a man was floating inside the narrow pit.
Police and rescue crews were called to the scene but the opening was so narrow that attempts to retrieve the bodies was futile as the tide was rising, and so was the water level inside the pit.
An investigation into the matter showed that local residents attempted to pull the one floating body from the pit, no knowing there were two others underneath of him.
It is believed that the pit collapsed after water started to rise inside of it – the third person found floating appears to have attempted to rescue the other two without any rational thought to getting back out of the pit.
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