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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.

Aftermath of the Mining attacks in Surigao – What happened after six months from its attack

It has been six months after the attack in the town of Claver, Surigao Del Norte, Northern Mindanao, Philippines.  Many have been asking what happen afterwards?  What was the fate of the people working in the mine sites and in the construction facility where the THPAL Plant is being constructed?  What is the next plan of the NPA who attacked the area in October 3, 2011?  What is going to happen next and what should be expected?

After the attack in these mining sites, some big players have to stop meanwhile to assess their damages.  A careful planning is needed to be done in order to decide what to do next.  It all costs money, and time; and future attack may cost lives.

Many have lost their jobs as a result of the stoppage of work at these mining sites.  Families were dislocated in order to find another job to replace what they previously have.   Some unfortunate kids have to stop in their school due to financial or security issues.  The bottomline is that nobody wins when things like these happens.

Mining companies and their investors need to look into the matter more; heightening their focus on security and stability issues.  Without security, there is no stability; without stability, there is no security.

The investment of these companies have already been put into the gaming table.  They can no longer move backward and withdraw.  All they have to do is try whatever things are possible in order to move on and get whatever it is that they really wanted in the first place – to generate profit from these facilities.

Six months after the attack, these companies are now on its full blast activity.  The other mining firms which are already operating at the time of the October 3 siege is now on full-scale operation.  The THPAL project is on its full blast construction and is expected to be completed by 2013.

We hope that what happened in October 3 will not be repeated again.  This will happen only if the parties involved will sit on a negotiating table and arrive into a Win/Win long term agreement.