Cawit Hanging Bridge Collapses, 15 Students Plunge into Sea

Hanging bridge collapses

In a harrowing turn of events, fifteen students, all of them minors, were rushed to the hospital after plunging into the sea when the Cawit Hanging Bridge collapses evening on April 18 in Brgy. Itba, Manito, Albay. While no fatalities were reported, several students sustained injuries in the incident, and all their belongings, including gadgets and cellphones, were soaked in seawater. Here are some details according to the report of GMA Regional TV News.

Hanging Bridge Collapses

The incident occurred around 6:00 PM as the students, mostly from Manito Community College, were crossing the bridge to return home to Brgy. Cawit. Suddenly, the steel cable of the one-kilometer-long hanging bridge snapped, causing them to fall into the sea below.

Residents, along with the Manito Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC), Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine Coastguard, and Manito Police, quickly sprang into action. Their rapid response ensured the rescue of all the students, promptly taking them to the Manito District Hospital for treatment. Fortunately, the incident occurred during low tide, and the sea was calm, minimizing the risk to the victims.

The collapsed hanging bridge served as the vital link connecting residents to mainland Manito. Its failure has not only disrupted daily commutes but also highlighted the urgent need for infrastructure improvements and safety measures in the area.

Investigation Underway

Authorities have launched an investigation into the cause of the bridge collapse, focusing on structural integrity, maintenance protocols, and other relevant factors. Authorities are also reevaluating the safety of similar structures across the region to prevent future tragedies.

In the aftermath of the incident, the affected students and their families have received an outpouring of support from the local community. Efforts are underway to provide assistance, including counseling and financial aid, to help them recover from the traumatic experience.

The bridge collapse has sparked calls for urgent action to address the region’s infrastructure challenges and ensure the safety of its residents, particularly students who rely on such vital transportation links. As investigations continue, authorities commit to implementing necessary measures to prevent similar incidents in the future.

The collapse of the Cawit Hanging Bridge serves as a stark reminder of the critical importance of infrastructure safety and maintenance. While the incident has left a community shaken, it has also galvanized efforts to prioritize public safety and address longstanding infrastructure issues. As the affected students recover from their ordeal, the community stands united in their support, determined to rebuild and strengthen their resilience in the face of adversity.

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