Dragon boat capsizes, 7 rowers drown

first_img“(We join) theBoracay dragon boat community in praying for the eternal repose of the souls ofthe departed dragon boat paddlers and for the immediate recuperation of thoseinjured in the dragon boat accident. Of the 14 whosurvived, two were Chinese and Russian nationals. The survivors were YhenAytona, Mark Baccay, Kenneth Bandalan, Jao Buenaventura, Julia Kurbaniizova,Robel Licerio, Janice Lumbo, Lani Ordas, Edwin Paradas, Marc Sabado, KathleenSabado, Jayrold Violanda, Maggie Xie, and Von Navarrosa, the founder of theBoracay Dragon Force. BORACAY SEA TRAGEDY. Coastguards retrieve the body of a drowned dragon boat rower in Boracay Island on Sept. 25, 2019. The dragon boat paddlers were holding on to the boat. However, strong waves made the boat roll over, making it unstable and displacing the paddlers, according to the Public Information Unit of the municipality of Malay, Aklan which has jurisdiction over Boracay. PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD PHOTO Fourteen membersof the team survived. Rescuers took them to the Saint Gabriel Hospital. ILOILO City – Adragon boat capsized in the waters of Boracay Island yesterday morning. Sevenrowers died. The report,attested by Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer II CatherineFulgencio, added that those who drowned were not wearing life vests. “Our rescuersimmediately responded,” according to Police Major Jess Baylon, Bocaray policechief, in coordination with the Philippine Coast Guard and Philippine NationalPolice Maritime Group. The fatalitieswere Mark Vincent Navarette, Comar Acob, Maricel Tan, Johann Tan, RichelMontoya, Antonette Supranes, and John Vince Natividad. “The boat sank,and the paddlers were holding on to the boat. However, strong waves and currentmade the boat roll over, making it unstable and displacing the paddlers,” thereport added. A report from thePublic Information Unit of the municipality of Malay, Aklan which hasjurisdiction over Boracay cited one of the survivors saying the sea was calmwhen they set out to see, “However, after the reef, rough waves graduallyfilled the boat.” The PhilippineDragon Boat Federation (PDBF) sent a statement of sympathy. The 21-memberBoracay Dragon Force Team was practicing for an international competition inTaiwan. At around 7:15 a.m. big waves rocked the boat until it capsized some300 meters from the shoreline of Barangay Manoc-manoc. “While we are allaware of the perils that inevitably go with dragon boating as an extreme watersport, the PDBF advocates and gives utmost priority to safety. We encourage theuse of personal floating devices during training and require the wearing of thesame in local regattas to make sure we avoid accidents that lead to unnecessaryloss of life or injury. We also educate our member clubs proper safetyprotocols in case of capsizing or sinking of boats.”/PNlast_img read more