3 missing divers found alive in Masbate


MANILA, Philippines – The three divers, who failed  to surface eight hours after they went down in the waters off Donsol town in Sorsogon, were found alive in Masbate Sunday evening, the police said on Monday.

Senior Superintendent Heriberto Olitoquit, Masbate police chief, said Autralian divers Lance and Nicole McDonald, as well as their Filipino dive guide Bobby Adrao, were able to go ashore off Halea Beach Resort along Sitio Mababoy in Barangay [village] guinhadap in Monreal, Masbate around 6 p.m. Sunday.

The divers were taken to San Jacinto District Hospital for medical check-up.

Major Angelo Guzman, public information officer of the Philippine Army based in Camp Elias Angeles in Pili, Camarines Sur, said the three went diving at around 1 p.m. on Sunday but failed to return.

The brother of Adrao reported the disappearance of the three and requested for a search and rescue operation.

Originally posted at 09:13 am | Monday, Jan. 21, 2013

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  • akramgolteb

    Qualified certified divers kaya ang mga Australiano at Pinoy? Kung hindi, bakit pinayagan ng Coast Guard magpalaot. Marami na akong bisita na dayuhan na nagugulat at naalarma sa pagkawalan ng regulasyon ng mga dive tours dito sa Pilipinas. Kahit walang accreditation ang isang dive tour company puede mag operate. At kahit may accreditation ang isang kumpanya, hindi sila humihingi at naguusisa ng qualified diver’s certification ng mga customer nila, kahit sino puede mag dive. Oo hindi ibig sabihin kung susunod sa safety regulations ang mga dive tours ay  100 % walang aksidente pero mas malaking bawas sa aksidente kung sumunod sila. Talagang it’s more fun in the Feilifines.

    • DakuAkongUtin

      More fun and death s in kayumangmang nation. Dios ko po  Dapat hindi na ito pinagbalita.

    • Julius

      i will have to agree with you.  some time ago nag-diving kami ng partner ko, at ung in-assign sa min na dive master, mukhang hindi qualified.  suplada na (feeling super model), wala man lang safety checks or briefing.  nung sumisid kami, biglang lumakas ang underwater current… INIWAN LANG KAMI ng divemaster!!! 

      we got lost underwater and had to cling to the coral because of the current.  during this tiime we encountered a guy from another team; he was just a beginner diver, iniwanan din ng kanyang master. so we stuck together and ascended according to rules.  at the surface, we discovered that the current swept us so far from the entry point at ang layo na namin sa bangka.  it was another boat that picked us up.  back at the dive resort, the dive master was already drinking and partying!!! di man lang nag-initiate ng search or diver count.  we reported her pero wala namang ginawa.  last i heard, she now runs a diving business. 

      my gf and i have already been diving for a very long time.  standards were strictly enforced when recreational diving in the philippines was just starting.  now, i’ve been hearing that in some places it’s become a circus… basta lang kumita!  needless to say, after that event, we have been more wary of the local diving industry. we’re filipinos.  but that’s not an excuse to cover up stink like this just to promote philippine tourism.  successful tourism industries are built on safety, discipline and responsibility – NOT SLEAZY MARKETING AND FALSE FILIPINO PRIDE! let’s hope the divers are found to be safe after all.

      • Fred

        Hi Julius, suggest you name the divemaster involved, when and where did it happened. Also her present outfit’s name. It will serve as warning to divers not to engage her services.
        Attn DOT, can you do something on this?

      • Julius

        Anilao… quite some years ago, don’t recall the exact date.  let’s just call her Ms J.  as i said, i reported it already.  but you know the pinoy attitude… the “huwag na nating ipahiya ang sarili” crap.  in this country, ibalik pa sa iyo ang kaso at baka ikaw pa ang mademanda.

        but i hope you read this, Ms J!!!

      • DakuAkongUtin

        Ugaling kayumangmang , alam mo na yan . Covering up their own azzes  lalo na kapwang ka-tribo nila. Pero kung sila ang mag backstab sa yo , hindi ka na makabangun. Kaya leksyon yan, dont trust a kayumangmang . If you do, then you will die in the end. Rather only trust yourself and instinct, and live another day.

        Mga kayu divemasters ay hindi ganon ka safety conscious gaya sa mga puti . Ang ugaling Kayus ay mahilig sa kumpyansa . They dont worry about your safety but themselves. They do worry if the customers are whites and rich foreigners, pero kung kayumanggi ka just forget it. Dont expect them risking their azzes for you when things go bad.

      • DakuAkongUtin

        Dios ko po,  dapat pinag report mo mga scalawag na divemasters mga yan. They  are not worthy to be called divemasters. BS mga yan, all they want is money. Besides they  have  no liability once you signed up a paper knowing anything can happen. Scuba diviing is beauty and the beast. If shzt happens, then you will pay . Thats the nature of the game.

      • virgoyap

         Ha ha ha ha nahimuot kaayo ko sa imong ngan!!!!

      • WeAry_Bat

        perhaps the drinking and partying was to make an alibi.  if so, your case is the closest to involuntary manslaughter there is.

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