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Mystery surrounds drowning of two men while snorkelling in Palawan

The bodies of the men were discovered at the bottom of Kayangan Lake on Coron Island

Mystery surrounds the death of two Czech tourists who drowned while snorkelling during an island hopping tour in Palawan.

The bodies of Jakub Brazda, aged 25, and , 28, were found after a 12-hour search more than 70 feet below water.

The men’s friends, 13 other Czechs, did not notice they were missing until they returned to their hotel at about 4.30pm on Sunday.

The boat captain Menard Naval and his assistant Manuel Rendola immediately returned to Kayangan Lake on Coron Island, where they had last been seen.

After searching for an hour, they called in the coastguard who launched a search and rescue team, which eventually located the bodies.

In a statement issued on Wednesday (March 15) Police spokeswoman Imelda Tolentino said the bodies were found at 8.20pm Monday and taken to the morgue of Coron District Hospital.

She was unable to shed any light on how the two men came to grief.

Local government and police officials are now coordinating with the Czech Embassy.