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PIA Press Release
2009/10/10

Drowning victim fails Abra-PDCC's target of zero-casualty for "Pepeng"

by Maritess Beņas

Bangued, Abra (10 September) -- The Abra Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) targeted for a Zero-Casualty during its planning session before the onslaught of supertyphoon "Pepeng", but failed because of the drowning of a 75-year old man.

The victim is identified as Cay-an Cadatal from Brgy. Paganao, Lagangilang. His body was retrieved in Brgy. Abualan, San Juan, some kilometers downstream in Malanas River, a tributary of the Abra River.

Mayor Lizardo Sinogo, Jr. of Lagangilang said the victim lives alone in his hut located near the riverbank.

On the other hand, seven construction workers who were trapped in the middle of the Abra River in Brgy. Sto. Tomas, Manabo at the height of typhoon "Pepeng" on October 4, were rescued before dusk on that same day. The workers were trapped inside their equipment since 7:00 PM of October 3. They said they attempted to get out from the area but the river swelled instantly and the current became impassable. As the situation deteriorated, they sent messages through cellphones to their contacts in the barangay.

The rescue operation was immediately carried out early in the morning of the following day by the Army Troops led by 1Lt. Regie H. Go in response to the call for help from the concerned workers through Radio DZPA. However, due to the extremely strong current and high level of the river, the Army troopers and the community folks failed to maneuver the motorized boat of the municipality of Manabo.

Col. Ignacio Madriaga, the Battalion Commander of the 41 IB ordered the release of essential equipments from the PDCC and a reinforcement team at 3:00 PM. 1Lt. Edward Sia-ed and 1Lt. Robert Jake led the augmentation team and the workers were finally rescued at 5:30 PM. (PIA-Abra) [top]

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