By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY – A man died while three others survived in separate drowning incidents Thursday at the world-famous Boracay Island in Malay town, Aklan province.
Consolidated report from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Malay Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (Malay MDRRMO) found that two separate incidents involving tourists both occurred Thursday afternoon.
There was intermittent rain, strong winds and strong waves brought by the effects of severe tropical storm Quiel.
The lone casualty was identified as Roberto Baisas Jr., 50 and a resident of Sta. Cruz, Laguna. He drowned past 3 p.m.
The incident occurred across a popular mini-mall of the resort island.
Lifeguards spotted Baisas floating on the water and tried to revive him through CPR, but he was declared dead.
An hour before that, two South Koreans were also rescued along the beachfront of Station 2. The survivors were identified as Kung Yun and Yu Nee, who are both 35-years-old.
Boracay lifeguards were also able to rescue 20-year-old James Alfararo of Cebu City.
Authorities raised a red alert warning because of the weather, but these tourists reportedly insisted on doing water activities