• Tarlac mishap fatality reaches 6

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    The number of mountaineers killed in Sunday’s river crossing accident in San Jose town, Tarlac has now climbed to six.

    The last of the six mountaineers reportedly swept away by flash floods over the weekend in San Jose town in Tarlac was recovered on Tuesday morning, a police report said on Tuesday.

    Reports reaching the PNP National Operation Center in Camp Crame said that two mountain guides at the Pangasaan Dam found the body of Yasmin Solis, 27, a resident of Lobo in Batangas.

    Tarlac Provincial Police Office head Senior Superintendent Alex Sintin confirmed the information, adding that the sixth fatality was recovered at 9:50 a.m. at Pangasaan Creek, Sitio San Pedro.

    The police reports sent by the Tarlac Provincial Police Office said that Solis was still wearing her backpack when her body was found.

    Solis is among the 54 mountaineers that had reportedly visited an Aeta Village in Baag town on early Saturday and had spent the night in the area.

    All six drowned when the river they were crossing suddenly swelled due to heavy rains on Sunday.

    PNP spokesman, Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor said that recovered earlier were the cadavers of other mountaineers identified as Mark Villanueva, Rocky Sumalinog, Jomari San Diego, Bernadette Ramirez, and Doreen Alvarado.

    Sintin said the group distributed school supplies to children in the Aeta community and were on their way to the town proper when the incident took place at around 3 p.m. Sunday.

    Most of the mountaineers are from Metro Manila, with some from Batangas and Tarlac, the police reports said. The organizers of the outreach program did not coordinate with the provincial tourism office or the local government, nor did they hire trained local guides.

    WITH PNA

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