2 dead in drownings; 5 rescued in boat mishap
posted 5-May-2019  ·  
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Two young boys drowned in Baras and Caramoran last Holy Week while four men were rescued from the sea off San Andres town on Good Friday after their motorized banca capsized 11 hours earlier earlier.

In its report, the San Andres police said it received information from barangay kagawad Juvy Cariño at 6:30 A.M. of April 19, 2019 that a motorized banca with five men on board capsized in the municipal waters off sitio Boroc-boroc in barangay Lubas.

Elements of the town police led by deputy police chief P/Lt. Roderick Bino, under the supervision of acting police chief Capt. Roderick Dismaya, immediately proceeded to the coastal village to verify the report.

Investigation disclosed that four construction workers were having a drinking spree on board a motorized piloted by Francis Casalla Rogas when the boat was hit by strong winds and waves at 7 P.M. of April 18, causing it to capsize. Rogas apparently managed to swim to shore, with the fate of his four companions unknown.

At 5:30 A.M. the following day, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) worker Terry Cariño, 43, together with other residents of Lubas, conducted a search and rescue operation on board a motorized banca and came upon the victims clinging to the overturned banca in the sea water off barangay Milaviga in Caramoran.

It turned out that the victims - Raul Adino, 42, foreman and resident of Acacia, Davao City; Lemar Henares, 23, laborer and of Toril, Davao City; Ramel Tuxogon Jr., 22, laborer and of Acacia, Panabo City; and, Larry Donganio, 27, laborer and of Manay, Panabo City - are all employees of Angliongto Construction owned by Alfredo Angliongto of Baliok, Davao City. They returned safely to their barracks at Lubas where they are working on the construction of slope protection along the national road.

On the same day of the boat accident, a six-year old boy drowned in the sea just off the beach at sitio Palumbanes in barangay Toytoy, Caramoran.

According to the report, the boy was left unattended by his guardians and, together with his cousin, went to the shoreline. A strong current carried the boy to a deep portion of the sea where he drowned.

Residents rescued the young victim and brought him to the Pandan district hospital for immediate medical attention but he was declared dead on arrival.

Last April 15, a three-year old boy, also left unattended, drowned in the sea off barangay Guinsaanan in Baras at 12:37 P.M.

He was later found unconscious by a concerned citizen and brought to the shore. P/Cpl. Antonio Abines III, who happened to be in the area, exerted efforts to revive the victim before he was brought to the Bato Maternity and Children’s Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. The police withheld the names of the young victims.

In Palta Small, Virac at 6:30 A.M. of April 20, a sport utility vehicle figured in an accident along the highway when the driver lost control of the vehicle.

The report stated that Reiner Azores, 25, a resident of Brgy. Concepcion, Virac, was on his way home from the municipality of San Andres onboard his gray Toyota Innova (NAI4869) when he was temporarily blinded by the rays of the sun, causing him to run over the shoulder of the road. The vehicle lost its balance and toppled until it rested on its left side.

The driver suffered minor injuries while the vehicle sustained undetermined damages. The police referred to Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office the immediate extraction of the vehicle that had blocked a portion of the road.

In Pandan, a head-on collision between two motorcycles caused the death of one of the drivers last Easter Sunday.

The police said that at 4:43 PM of April 21, 2019 at Libod,  a blue and white Rusi motorcycle driven by Lorenzo Trinidad, 25, with passengers Michael Agripa, 31, and Lian Trinidad, 22, was involved in a crash with a red and black Rusi driven by Jose Agripa. Lorenzo was killed instantly while the others sustained injuries.

On the same day at 4:45 A.M., a detainee was discovered unconscious inside the detention cell of BJMP San Andres in barangay Belmonte. JO1 Mark Lester Barra was conducting a routine inspection of the isolation cells when he noticed that Michael Santelices, 21, of Tilod, Baras, who had been detained for the crime of Statutory Rape, Sexual Assault and Acts of Lasciviousness, was unresponsive and unconscious.

Upon discovering that the detainee had no pulse, the police brought Santelices to the Juan M. Alberto Memorial District Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. Initial investigation disclosed that the victim had no signs of bruises nor struggle and was found to be suffering from an illness and taking maintenance medication.

That same night at the Virac Town Center, security guard Edwin Magtangob Jr., 30, was on duty at the gate in front of the Nazareno chapel in Gogon Sirangan at 8:32 P.M. when he discovered a black pouch with nine (9) medium plastic sachets containing suspected dried marijuana leaves at the pavement near his post. The items were turned over to the Virac police for proper disposition.

In Codon, San Andres at 8:30 P.M. of April 21, joint elements of the town police led by Lt. Roderick Bino and the Provincial Special Operations Team headed by Cpl. Dan Bagay arrested fishermen Norberto Avila, 32, and Fernando Vallespin, 45, for possession of 50 kilos of assorted fish illegally caught thru explosives.

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