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Four Die from Methane Gas Poisoning in Nueva Vizcaya Tunnel Incident

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A tragic accident claimed the lives of four individuals, including three presumed treasure hunters and a barangay councilman, due to methane gas poisoning in a tunnel in Purok 3, Barangay Magsaysay Hill, Nueva Vizcaya, on Monday.

Here are some details from the report of The Philippine Star.

Details of the Incident

According to reports received by town police chief Major Frederick Ferrer, Dionisio Alisen, 62; Jeremias Padilla, 64; and Selvino Mendoza, 63, were trapped in a tunnel while digging for what is believed to be hidden treasure. Authorities suspect that methane gas, a potentially lethal byproduct of organic decomposition, filled the tunnel, causing the fatal outcome.

Marlon Orden, 38, a council member of Barangay Magsaysay Hill, reportedly attempted to rescue the three trapped individuals but succumbed to the methane gas, unable to surface.

Villagers rescued Marlon Siopon, 32, who lost consciousness due to gas after following Orden into the tunnel, allowing him to survive the ordeal.

Following the incident, local authorities and rescue teams from Didipio Mine of OceanaGold, the Bureau of Fire Protection, the Municipal Risk Reduction and Management Office, and the local police worked together to retrieve the victims’ bodies.

The tragic deaths have raised awareness of the dangers associated with unregulated treasure hunting and unauthorized digging, particularly in tunnels where the buildup of harmful gases can lead to fatal outcomes.

Community Impact and Response

The deaths have sent shockwaves through the local community, highlighting the risks involved in illicit digging and the need for strict safety measures to prevent similar tragedies. Residents expressed their condolences to the families of the victims while urging authorities to enforce stricter regulations on activities such as treasure hunting.

As the investigation into the incident continues, officials are reminding the public about the dangers of unauthorized excavation and the potential hazards that come with it, including exposure to toxic gases like methane. Authorities plan to implement additional safety protocols and community education efforts to prevent future accidents.

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