Austrian tourist drowns in Bontoc river


BAGUIO CITY: An Austrian tourist drowned at Chico River in Bontoc, Mountain Province, on Tuesday morning, a belated police report said.

Judith Kies, according to the report, was with five other foreigners and a local guide on a whitewater ride when they were thrown off after their raft rammed into a rock. Kiesl and another of the foreigners went missing for around half an hour until they were found in a calmer spot of the river and rushed to the Bontoc General Hospital.

Kiesl did not reach the hospital alive. The other tourists are being treated at the Bontoc General Hospital. All had registered in Sagada town.Sagada tourism officer Robert Pangod said the Austrian Embassy in Manila took Kiesl’s remains to Baguio City for medico-legal examinations and preparations for bringing her body to Manila.


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