EIGHT members of a dragon boat team were confirmed to have died after their boat capsized off Boracay in Aklan on Wednesday.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), as well as the local government unit of Malay, Aklan, initially reported that there were seven casualties, but new information from Philippine National Police-Police Regional Office 6 confirmed the death of an eighth person – team leader Von Navarossa who died at the Saint Gabriel Hospital in Boracay where he and 13 survivors were brought following the accident.
The first seven victims were identified as Yohan Tan, Vince Natividad, Richel Montoya, Antonnette Supranes, Maricel Tan, Mark Vincent Motag, and Comar Acob, all of whom were pronounced dead on arrival in hospitals across the area.
A progress report released by the Malay local government said five of the fatalities had been released to their respective families, while the two others have yet to be claimed.
Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Abraham Tolentino said the POC would give P20,000 each to the relatives of the eight dragon boat paddlers.
Tolentino, congressman of Tagaytay City, instructed his staff to send P10,000 to the relatives of each of the victims and another P10,000 from his own pocket.
“We already sent P10,000 from the POC and another P10,000 from my own pocket to the victims,” the PhilCycling president told reporters after the POC General Assembly on Wednesday at the Conrad Hotel near Mall of Asia.
Tolentino said the POC had decided to help the victims even though they were not members of the Philippine Dragon Boat team. ARIC JOHN SY CUA, JOSEF RAMOS