Teenage boy dies rescuing drowning victims in Bataan

MARIVELES, Bataan — A 19-year-old boy from Mindanao helped rescue three drowning victims swimming at the turbulent portion of the West Philippines Sea in a beach resort here Sunday before noon but himself drowned and died.

Rovic Valcalares, 19, from Cagayan de Oro, was among other teenage boys from different provinces, having an outing at a beach resort in Agwawan in Barangay Sisiman, when he and some companions came to the rescue of three bathers who shouted for help.

“My son, together with the victim and their other companions rescued the three shouting for help. But, after they rescued the three bathers, the victim was swept far away by strong waves and disappeared,” Fidelina Bathan of Agwawan said.

The old woman said the three shouting for help were not companions of the victim but from a village in Mariveles.

Rescuers found Valcalares’ lifeless body at 5 a.m. Monday in the mouth of the small river near the sea in Agwawan.

Fidelina’s son, Norberto Bathan, is manager of a company in Pasig City doing shipbuilding and bridge construction where the victim and companions were undertaking on-the-job-training.

She said those undergoing OJT were about to go home but asked his son to allow them to visit Mariveles.

Ritchie Padilla and Jeffrey Toledo, beach resort workers, said the waves were more turbulent Sunday than this Monday.

Sisiman barangay chairman Maximo Barcenas said he was asking why visitors were permitted to swim at the turbulent sea.

He said the Philippine Coast Guard assisted in the rescue operations.

“The beach owners, in case of bad weather, should be aware of the importance of life rather than earnings. For the visitors, they must see to it that it is advisable to go swimming in the beach and if not, better do it the other days,” Mariveles Mayor Ace Jello Concepcion said. PNA/northboundasia.com