TWO elementary students died after they accidentally drowned while swimming inside a septic tank in Pasay City late Monday, police reports said on Tuesday.
SPO1 Ariel Inciong, Pasay City Police investigator, identified the victims as Jerome Berja, 12, and Ricky Laurente, 9, both residents of Barangay Pag-asa 2 of the said city.
Inciong said that the incident happened inside a vacant lot owned by Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) located at Merville Road in Pasay City.
According to witness Ryan Mahusay, 13, of Sitio Wella, he was invited by the victims to play and swim at the septic tank past 5 p.m. on Monday. Mahusay agreed.
After an hour, Mahusay said that he was about to climb out of the septic tank when he saw the victims sinking and gasping for breath. Mahusay said the immediately dived to help his friends but failed to catch them. Instead, he went out and sought help from their neighborhood.
The victims were rushed to the Home Care Clinic in Merville, Parañaque but were both declared dead on arrival by attending physicians. RITCHIE A. HORARIO