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Drowning: Under Daywan Bridge in Surigao Del Norte

Dying is difficult; much more when its in a way of drowning.  Three young men were believed to have been drowned before noon yesterday in the riprap of Daywan Bridge in Brgy. Daywan, Claver, Surigao Del Norte.

The men aged between 17 and 23 whose identities are temporarily withheld were out to swim and catch fish at Daywan River that morning then later decided to crossed the river using the riprap platform stretched from one side to the other side designed to control the erosion of soil to protect the bridge foundation.

At 11am, witnesses reported that one of the three men slided and fell beside the riprap believed to be at 10Ft depth or more with steel bars present.   The two other followed when they tried to save the first guy but failed due to the very high water level in the river caused by the rainy season and the very strong current that whirls the water in the riprap.

At around 12pm, local authorities started to arrive in the area to possibly save the victims but found no sign of any of them.  Police requested the assistance of the Army Unit in the area who have contacted the Philippine Coast Guard.

Coast Guard Divers were sent into the scene at around 3:30pm and began searching the riprap at about 4:30pm after preparing a dive and search plan.

Planning their dive.

Coast Guard Search Team planning their dive.

 

(more drowning rescue photos below)

One of the drowning victim was retrieved late night but the two other remain to be missing and some may have speculated that the bodies were already carried somewhere by the rushing waters.  The recovered victim was found under the whirling water beside the riprap and was pinned in a couple of steel bars.

The search stop meantime during the night due to lack of lighting in the area and is believed to continue today.

Daywan Bridge in a distance.

A photo of the Daywan River and the Daywan Bridge on top taken in late 2012. The same river was crossed by the correspondent in December 2012.

 

Expectators flood the area.

Expectators flood the area.

Shot showing the width of the river.

Shot showing the width of the river.

Coast Guard preparing to submerge.

Coast Guard preparing to submerge.

Coast Guard search team in action.

Coast Guard search team in action.

more action photo.

more action photo on drowning rescue attempt.

Other team moving in the water.

Other team moving in the water.

The Team as they move on.

The Team as they move on.

Diver trying to resist the current with the aid of his companion and other diving team members.

Diver trying to resist the current with the aid of his companion and other diving team members.

Rushing water in the river.

Rushing water in the river.

In the middle of rampaging water.

In the middle of rampaging water.