Body of female drowning victim found in La Union

SAN JUAN, La Union – The body of a 13-year-old girl who was drowned and gone missing for three-days was retrieved by members of the the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council after it was found by fishermen floating at sea where she went swimming with two friends at the beach in Barangay Ili Norte here.

The victim identified as Melva Columbres, resident of Baguio City, had gone on a picnic with her family at the Playa beach resort in Barangay Ili Norte.

Senior Inspector Juanito Buaron, San Juan police officer-in-charge, said that a certain fisherman Frankie Caniladas saw the victim floating near his fishing boat, a kilometer away from the shoreline, and called other fishermen for the rescue operation.

The body of the victim was taken to a nearby funeral parlor accompanied by her relatives.

Buaron said that the victim went swimming with two other companions. She drowned after she was swept away by strong current, but her companions, Dianne Columbres, 27, and Melody, 16, were rescued by a certain Eljay M. Esperanza, a surfer and a resident of San Juan town.

Esperanza used his surfing board to rescue the three girls but failed to help Columbres. Erwin Beleo/Northbound Philippines News