By Lyka Manalo
Batangas City, Batangas — A Chinese diver drowned off Verde Island in Batangas City last Saturday, police said.
Superintendent Wildemar Tiu, city police chief, said Gou Kai, 49, a native of Shanghai, China, was declared dead at St. Patricks Hospital in this city.
Probers said Gou, a certified diver who was billeted with a group at the La Laguna Beach Club in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro went diving off Verde Island with six others but they all surfaced at 1:12 p.m. due to bad weather.
The victim, prober said, was not able to press and use his Buoyancy Control Device (BCD) – which was supposed to keep him afloat – and so he drowned.
Tiu said they will coordinate with the China Embassy this Monday for the proper disposition of victim’s remains which temporarily lies at Filipinas Funeral Homes here.