Tragic Good Friday: Three Lives Lost to Drowning in Cagayan Valley


Good Friday, March 29, 2024, marked a somber day in Cagayan Valley as three individuals lost their lives to separate drowning incidents, according to reports from the Cagayan Provincial Information Office. Additionally, one minor narrowly escaped a similar fate. Here are some details according to the report of GMA Regional TV News.

Barangay Simpatuyu Tragedy

In Barangay Simpatuyu, Sta. Teresita, tragedy struck when a nine-year-old child drowned while swimming with friends in a river. Unnoticed by companions, the child ventured into deeper waters, leading to the fatal incident. Despite immediate calls for assistance, the remote location delayed authorities’ response. The child was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Barangay Diora-Zinungan Incident

In another heartbreaking incident at Barangay Diora-Zinungan, Sta. Ana, a 35-year-old man drowned at a beach resort. After consuming alcohol with friends, the victim entered the water, unaware of his inability to swim. Observing his struggle, a friend intervened, but their efforts proved futile. Rushed to the hospital, the victim was declared dead upon arrival.

Barangay Amunitan Tragedy

The shores of Barangay Amunitan, Gonzaga, bore witness to yet another tragedy as a 50-year-old woman drowned while swimming at a resort. Despite being in the company of relatives, the victim vanished unnoticed. Discovered receiving CPR hours later, she was swiftly transported to the hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Near Tragedy Averted in Luna, Isabela

In a glimmer of hope amidst the sorrow, a four-year-old child narrowly escaped drowning in the Magat River, Barangay Lalog, Luna, Isabela. Unnoticed by family members, the child ventured into the river but was swiftly rescued by personnel from various agencies, including the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO)-Luna and local officials. Prompt medical attention ensured the child’s well-being.

A Call for Vigilance

Amidst the grief, authorities stress the importance of vigilance, particularly near bodies of water. Parents are urged to exercise caution and supervision, ensuring the safety of their children during outings and recreational activities.

The tragic incidents serve as poignant reminders of the fragility of life and the need for heightened awareness when enjoying natural environments.

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