3 drown, 1 missing in Zambo del Sur

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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Oct. 8 (PNA) – Three students drowned, one remained missing while 16 others survived after they were swept by strong current while swimming in a waterfalls in Zamboanga del Sur.

Insp. Dahlan Samuddin, Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) information officer, said the incident occurred around Wednesday afternoon in Barangay Lubid, Aurora town.

Samuddin identified the fatalities as Pauline Bermejo, Luke Christian Besina, and Princess Cadutdut. Missing is Daisy Margarrite Iway.

The survivors were Fern Daga, Blayne Chester Daga, Kirk Geremy Albaño, Mark Ryan Flores, Jason Dolero, Andy Quismondo, Jan Mark Basinillo, Ethel Lubaton, Glyzza Villoria, Ashley Godinez, Almira Gabod, Jason Mejarez, Jude Andrie Ceniza, Daniel Zamora, Carl Sususco and Mark Lester Tagalogon.

Samuddin said investigation showed the students from Aurora Pioneers Memorial College went to swim in a secluded area below a very steep ravine.

However, Samuddin said the victims were swept by a strong current spawned by heavy rainfall.

He said a search and rescue operation is ongoing to locate Iway, who was reported missing.