4 drown, 3 rescued in Bulacan river

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Norzagaray, Bulacan: Four teenagers died while three of their companions were rescued from a raging flash flood while swimming in a river in Barangay Matictic of this town Tuesday afternoon.

Bulacan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) head Liz Mungcal identified the drowned victims as 18-year-old Lovely Lacaba and Nelson Godin; 14-year-old Butch Harold Nario and 16-year-old Christian Palen, all students and residents of Barangay Citrus, City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan.

Rescued were Daryll Aglosolos, 15; Lucrisiano Palen, 18 and Luigi Manaay, 17.

A report by Bulacan PDRRMO said the seven students were having fun swimming in Pugpog Bakas River located at Sitio Kanyakan at around 2:45 p.m., when raging waters swept them away.


The flash flood was reportedly caused by heavy volume of water from the mountains following heavy downpour on Tuesday.

The four victims were recovered lifeless at different deeper areas of the river.

Rescue teams from Norzagaray, San Jose Del Monte City and 48th Infantry Batallion of the Philippine Army Rescue Squad responded and managed to rescue only the three victims.

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