A Chinese national died after he reportedly suffered a heart attack while snorkeling in Apo Island in Dauin, Negros Oriental, yesterday afternoon.
An sketchy initial report from the Philippine Coast Guard inDumaguete City identified the victim as Yan Gou Yun, 30, and a Chinese national.
Lt. Junior Grade Donna Liza Ramacho, Coast Guard Dumaguete commander, quoted an initial report from her PCG personnel in Malatapay, Zamboanguita and Apo Island that at around 1 p.m. they received a report from Vivencio Tampon, 36, and a crew member of the MBCA Mary 5, of a drowning incident in the vicinity of the Apo Island Beach Resort.
Coast Guard personnel immediately proceeded to Apo Island to verify the report and provide the necessary assistance.
Upon arrival there, they saw that the Chinese national was being resuscitated by the tour guide on board the motorbanca, the Coast Guard report said.
The Chinese national was then ferried to Malatapay in Zamboanguita town, where he was transported in an ambulance to the Silliman University Medical Center in Dumaguete City.
Initial investigation disclosed that the Chinese national had gone swimming/snorkeling after lunch and was noted missing for about 15 to 30 minutes. A search was launched and he was found already floating away from where he was last seen.
Roland Don Ramos, operator of Quantum Delux Tours who provided land transportation for the victim and his companions, said the group were guests of, and booked by King Aces Manila.
All 10 of them had gone to Apo Island, including the victim's wife.
Ramos said he called for an ambulance in Dauin town to take the Chinese national to the hospital in Dumaguete, but he was declared dead on arrival. *JFP/PNA
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