A boat capsized off the coast of Matina Aplaya, Davao City on Friday afternoon.
62-year-old Antonio Echaves and his four grandchildren drowned after their boat capsized in the gulf of Davao.
Investigators say the family was to go for a swim to celebrate the graduation of the family’s eldest son when the pump boat they were riding in capsized on the way back to Davao. Fishermen saw the accident happen and rushed to rescue the passengers, saving four youths.
The victim’s parents say they were not aware their children went for a swim with their grandfather. One survivor told ABS-CBN that most passengers on the boat were children.
The fatalities include Justine Kurt Intod, Carl Vincent Intod and Moreen Intod, as well as their cousin Refael Uros.