Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Student from San Pedro High School drowns in Pampanga River

SAN SIMON -- Locals on Monday confirmed that a high school student drowned at the Pampanga River here after he lost his balance and accidentally fell off a boat.

Gerry Santos, a resident from San Pedro this town, identified the victim as Noel Tuazon, 15, a student from the San Pedro High School (SPHS) here.

Santos said Tuazon and his classmates were on a boat traversing the Pampanga River from Barangay San Nicolas and heading to SPHS to practice for a dance number.

“Malapit na po sila sa pampang nang bigla na lamang siyang nahulog sa bangka,” another resident here who witnessed the incident recalled.

Earlier, the Pampanga River Basin Flood Forecasting and Warning Center advised residents along the banks of the Pampanga River to watch out for possible flooding as the river’s water level continuously rises.

Residents near the stretch of the river are currently preparing for another flooding season.

“Kapag nagtuloy tuloy pa ang ulan ay hindi na malayong umapaw ang ilog. Maganda na yung nakahanda kaysa abutan ng baha ang aming mga gamit,” Lito Lacanilao, a resident from Barangay Pasig in Candaba town said.

Among the barangays in Candaba that could be possibly be affected by the overflowing of the Pampanga River are Pasig, Buas, Gulap, Pescadores, Bambang, San Agustin and Paralaya.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on July 24, 2012.

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