Korean tourist dies in El Nido lagoon


PUERTO PRINCESA CITY–A Korean tourist died from drowning in a lagoon in El Nido Tuesday, local authorities said Wednesday.

The victim, identified as King Hung Gu, 43, was found floating near the famous small lagoon in the island of Miniloc at around noontime.

Arvin Acosta, municipal tourism officer of El Nido, cited police investigation reports indicating that the victim who was with his family may have died from drowning while exploring the lagoon.

“They told us that the victim really did not know how to swim,” Acosta told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

The victim’s body was brought to Puerto Princesa City on Wednesday for transfer to Manila.

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  • charmaine tiongco

    Baka hindi naglife vest. Mababaw lang naman sa small lagoon.  Hindi nga kami pinapaligo ng mga bangkero dun sa big lagoon sa el nido dahil sobrang lalim daw. Dinaanan lang namin

  • catalansbarce

    Maaring hindi to nag lifevest or na atake to ng puso while swimming.

  • rjimenez1226

    She should  have used a lifevest. The lagoon is not that deep. She might have panicked.

    • Kaizensigma

      correction, its a he not a she.

      • Noel

        His wife should have rescued him.

  • dragonian

    it’s more fun in the philippines. WELCOME.

    • willbillywilly

       A tragedy just happened & you come out with such comment. What if the tragedy happened to your family will you welcome such comment.

    • c

       accidents can happen in any tourist spot, dragonian. if it’s your time to go, you’ll go.

  • mark1205

    lack of safety enforcement. poor governance of the town’s most famous attraction. loved the place though

  • Noel

    Where was the tourist guide?  The lifeguard or any security in the area/

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