Authorities on Monday rescued about 30 tourists and their guides who were trapped over the weekend in a cave in Sagada, Mountain Province.
The spokesman for the Cordillera Regional Police, Supt. Davy Limmong said rescue teams led 30 people out of the Sumaguing Cave where they were trapped since Saturday.
As of noon Monday, rescuers were still searching the cave for a female tourist from Dagupan, Pangasinan.
Limmong said personnel from the Office of the Civil Defense, Bureau of Fire Protection and local government units have joined the search for the female tourist.
Tourists are drawn to Sumaguing Cave because of its underground streams and natural pools.
“There’s a cave-in in one of the streams inside the cave and this has diverted the water flow and the water flow inside the cave gained strength due to three straight days of rains,” Limmong said.
He said among the trapped tourists were Japanese students from Pampanga.
“Except for the one who is confined at a local hospital because of minor injuries, they are all safe and were allowed to go home,” Limmong said. ANTHONY VARGAS