Turkish national survives Maribina Falls drowning
Bato, Catanduanes  ·  
posted 8-Nov-2018  ·  
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A Turkish national managed to return to his home country a bit late last week but nonetheless thankful after being revived from a near-death experience at Maribina Falls in Bato town.

According to the Catanduanes police, Gokhan Gokmen Kahraman, 35, a construction company employee in Turkey, was swimming at the pool with his girlfriend Annie Rojas, a registered nurse, at about 7:45 A.M. of Oct. 20, 2018 in barangay Marinawa when he suffered muscle cramps.

To the horror of other bathers at the popular destination, Kahraman sank into the deep portion of the pool, prompting his companions to seek help from bystanders.

Louis Rodriguez, Manuel Timbal, Abe Timbal, John Carlo Torregoza, Felicito Tumpang and Marino

Arcilla Jr. dove into the pool and managed to retrieve the already unconscious victim out of the falls’ depths. Rojas used her knowledge of Basic Life Support and CPR to revive her boyfriend, who was rushed to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Hospital for treatment.

He was discharged the next day but was only able to return to Turkey on the 26th as his Oct. 21 flight had already been cancelled.

Meanwhile, the body of an apparent victim of accidental drowning was recovered last week at a creek in Gigmoto town last week.

Abaca stripper Jomar Bola, 24, of sitio Napo, barangay San Vicente, told the police that he was catching shrimp at 6 A.M. of Oct. 23, 2018 when he saw the body of a dead person.

A team led by PO3 Nino Pongan, together with MDRRMO personnel and Biong resident Edgar Villamor, went to the area to verify the report.

When the team arrived, they found the cadaver already in an advanced state of decomposition, stuck on a rock through which current passed through. Villamor identified the body as that of his brother Ezer, 23, a person with disability who suffered from epilepsy.

He told the police that Ezer was reported missing last Sept. 23, 2018 and subsequent investigation disclosed that he went to their farmland near where his body was found a month later. The family suspects he might have suffered a seizure that led to his untimely death from drowning.

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