Six trekkers confirmed dead after being caught in mountain creek flood

Tarlac Drowning accident
6 Mountain Trekkers Drown, 9 Others Hurt in San Jose, Tarlac – www.philippineslifestyle.com

The death toll has risen to six trekkers drowned, and eight hurt after they were swept away by rushing creek waters in San Jose, Tarlac.

The sixth victim was found on Tuesday morning.

Retrieved from the waters were 27-year-old Rocky Sumalinog, 22-year-old Bernadette Ramirez, 22-year-old Jo Marie San Diego, Doreen Adriano, Yasmin Solis and Mark Reyvin Villanueva.

The group was part of a 54-person outreach programme for Aeta community in Sitio Baag, San Jose.

The group originally arrived in the region at 8am on Saturday, August 30. They began to trek later that afternoon and crossed the Pangasaan Creek at 3pm amid heavy downpours.

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The creek quickly surged due to the heavy rains in the more mountainous parts of the area. Nine other trekkers were injured in the mishap and were taken to a local clinic for treatment.

The remaining 39 hikers were transported back to Manila.

Members of UP Mountaineers were in the area and made a quick response to the accident scene.

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