Company exec drowns in Pangasinan beach

BOLINAO, Pangasinan — A company executive from Quezon City drowned at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday while swimming with members of his family and friends at Patar beach here, the Pangasinan Police reported on Wednesday.

The victim was identified as Christian Andrew Avila, 33, logistics head of Monde Nissin Corp. and resident of Project 4 in Quezon City, Metro Manila. He was declared dead on arrival at the Rillera Medical Hospital in Bolinao.

Police said the victim and his companions were suddenly dragged by strong current into the deeper portion of the sea, causing Avila to drown.

The victim was retrieved by rescuers and rushed to the hospital but died on the way.

Meanwhile, his niece Gabrielle Alexis Batalla, 19, a student from Camiling, Tarlac, fell unconscious as a result of the incident but is now in stable condition after undergoing treatment.