4 more persons drown in Pangasinan on Black Saturday

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — Drowning spoiled the fun of some vacationists in Pangasinan with the drowning of four persons, the youngest of whom was more than one-year old and the oldest was 81 years old, the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office reported.

These are in addition to the other four persons earlier reported by the police on Saturday to have drowned in separate parts of Pangasinan on Good Friday.

Of the four latest drowning victims, the youngest was Jun Rey Sandoval, one year and nine-month old of Barangay Away San Jacinto who drowned at past 1:20 p.m. along the Malasin River in San Jacinto.

The oldest was Disemprado Garcia, 81, of Barangay Labuan, San Quintin who drowned in the coastal water of Nibaliw West in San Fabian at 10:00 a.m. where he and family were holding an outing to beat the intense summer’s heat.

Investigation showed that Sandoval, the youngest drowning victim was being carried by his father Mario, 46, while swimming along the Malasin River but the baby slipped from his hands and fell into the water, which was from two to three meters.

Mario dived for his baby and when he found him after a few minutes, Jun Rey was no longer breathing. The baby was still rushed to a community hospital where he was pronounced already dead.

On the other hand, Garcia was seen swimming together with his companions approximately 20 meters away from the shoreline of Barangay Nibaliw West when he was seen unconsciously floating.

His companions believed the old man suffered from heart attack which may have been aggravated by strong heat of the sun. He was immediately rushed to the Region 1 Medical Center in Dagupan City by a municipal ambulance where he was pronounced dead on arrival by his attending physician.

The third drowning victim on Black Saturday was Darwin Castrence, 31, of Sitio Tanaytay, Mal-ong Anda who drowned at 4:05 p.m. in the coastal water of Tondol in Anda where he and his friends were having an outing. Leonardo Micua/

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