An American man has drowned at a beach resort where he was celebrating his birthday in Barangay Pook, Hinobaan, Negros Occidental.
48-year-old John Sterling Burdick of Bacolod City went for a swim while some of his employees prepared food for his celebration party.
He was found floating lifeless in the water. Mr Burdick was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead upon arrival.
Police say a strong current caused by bad weather could have been a contributory factor that led to his drowning.
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