Korean tourist drowns while scuba diving off Panglao Island

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Korean tourist Kyeongryun Kim, aged 34, got caught in strong currents and drowned off the island of Panglao yesterday. (File photo)

A Korean tourist has drowned while scuba diving after getting caught up in strong currents off Panglao Island in Bohol province.

Police have today (Tuesday, January 8) identified the victim as Kyeongryun Kim, aged 34.

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Gregorio Perocho of Panglao Police Station said Kim and another Korean, Icklea Kim, were diving in the waters off Barangay Doljo at about 2.30pm yesterday.

Icklea told police that they were about three to five metres under water when Kyeongryun’s diving regulator mouthpiece was accidentally pulled out from his mouth due to strong currents.

Kyeongryun tried to put it back on several times but failed.

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Icklea told the police she tried to pull Kyeongryun back towards shallower waters, but she too got caught up in the current.

She then appealed for help from bystanders who were able to bring the unconscious body of Kyeongryun ashore. Attempts at resuscitation failed to revive him.

Officer Perocho told the Inquirer that a post-mortem examination had confirmed the cause of death as drowning.

It has not been confirmed whether the two Koreans were diving independently or as part of an organised group.

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