One tourist died while another was critical after being swept away by massive waves and drowned in Boracay, Thursday afternoon.
The victims were only bathing at Station 2 when waves hit.
The tourist who drowned and died in Boracay was identified as Roberto Baisas, a 50-year-old resident of Sta. Cruz, Laguna.
Another was identified as James Alfararo, 20, a resident of Cebu City.
According to those who responded, other tourists just saw the victims asking for help.
As per Catherine Ong of Malay Disaster Risk Reduction Management, the two were taken to the nearest hospital, but Baisas was declared dead on arrival.
Alfararo was in critical condition and currently recovering at the hospital.
It is believed that the severe tropical storm Quiel caused strong waves.
The severe tropical storm Quiel retains its strength as it moves slowly in the Southwest direction.
According to PAGASA’s 5 am severe weather bulletin, the typhoon was last seen 380 kilometers West Northwest of Coron, Palawan.
It still has wind power of up to 110 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 135 kilometers per hour.
According to weather forecaster Ezra Bulquerin, the storm is likely to intensify within 24 hours.
Quiel is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) tonight or tomorrow morning (Nov. 9).