MARIVELES, Bataan- A man who took a swim alone in the stormy sea adjacent to a beach resort here drowned Sunday afternoon.
The fatality was identified as factory worker Neian Hayo, 27, of barangay Ipag, Mariveles.
Belen Gonzales, caretaker of Hawla Beach Resort, said the victim was with nine other men and four children when they entered the beach above a cliff in Sitio Porto del Sol in Barangay Balon Anito.
“Nagkakainan sila nang hindi namalayan ng mga kasama na lumusong pala sa dagat at narinig na lamang ang paghingi nito ng saklolo,” the woman said.
She said the companions of the victim and rescue workers were not able to save Hayo because of the turbulent sea at past 3 in the afternoon. She said that the rescue was even hampered by strong winds at 4 p.m.
The body was later found at a portion of the sandy beach.
Gonzales said they cautioned the picnickers not to swim in the sea due to the strong waves. “Sabi nila magkakainan lamang sila pero may isa palang lumusong sa dagat at siya ngang nalunod,” the caretaker said.