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Two senior scouts save lives

By Bong Pedalino

Maasin City (5 February) -- Two Senior Scouts from Negros Oriental-Siquijor Boy Scouts Council got praises as heroes following a timely rescue of two young boy scouts who were playing in a raft and reportedly on the verge of drowning at the man-made lake of Danao Forest Park, site of the 13th Regional Jamborette last week.

In a report published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) February 2, 2008 issue bylined by Alex Pal, the two Senior Scouts were identified as Christian John Hingpit, 17, and Jazon Yangzon, 16.

It was learned that the two elder scouts were also swimming in the same pond when they noticed that the raft with the two boys submerged, endangering the lives of the two, and so they swam and pushed the two victims to the surface and to the bank of the lake.

The names of the victims were not disclosed, but they came from the Guinsay Elementary School in Danao City.

The incident happened in the morning of January 30 last week before the start of the formal opening ceremonies.

PIA tried to contact yesterday, February 4, the office of City Mayor Maloney Samaco for an update but was told the Mayor was still in barangay Malapoc.

But Amado Acasio, the City Agriculture Officer who oversees the entire camp site, confirmed the incident in a phone call with PIA yesterday.

He said Mayor Samaco was aware of it and in fact was the one ordering him to take out the raft and ensure no one will be playing until the guarded activities in the area as part of the Jamborette.

PIA also tried to get a statement from Fred Roa, the provincial Council Scout Executive, but failed to contact him yesterday. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]

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