BACNOTAN, La Union: The search and rescue team of the La Union Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council with the aid of some residents recovered the bodies of three boys who drowned after swimming on Thursday afternoon.
Senior Insp. Fredilex Marron, Bacnotan police chief, identified the casualties as Russel Nasol, 6, and his his brother Clifford, 4, and their cousin Jake Gañola, 5, all residents of Barangay Baroro.
Marron said the victims were swept away by the strong water current.
He added that residents, led by Barroro chairman Gaudencio Cuyo helped retrieved the bodies of the boys. They were still brought to the Bacnotan District Hospital and were declared dead on arrival.
Authorities did not report if the strong current was the effect of typhoon Hanna, which is affecting northern Luzon waters. But weather forecasters had issued an advisory that 4-meter high storm surges could occur.
With continuous rains in different parts of the country, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has suspended the trips of all types of sea crafts in this province and in the nearby province of Zamboanga Sibugay.
Chief Petty Officer Rudy Aurea, PCG deputy station commander, said on Friday they suspended the trips due to rough seas and strong winds.
The PCG-Palawan District suspended on Thursday all island tours in the towns of El Nido and Coron as well as motorboat travels in the town of Roxas.
The Ilagan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office in Cagayan province, meanwhile, has thought ahead and acquired new weather equipment to monitor the movement of typhoons, measure the volume of rainfall, and water levels in rivers to improve the management of evacuation activities and rescue operations during disasters.
WILLIAM JUN GARCIA,LEANDER DOMINGO WITH PNA