Bohol Island News Staff | Posted on Dec. 30 at 11:43 a.m.

Two Chinese nationals died of drowning after they fell off from a paraw sailboat at Doljo Pt. in Panglao Island, Bohol on Sunday afternoon.

According to Lt. Jr. Grade Michael John Encina, spokesman of the Philippine Coast Guard in Central Visayas (PCG-7), the fatalities were among the group of 10 Chinese tourists who boarded the paraw sailboat for a sunset cruise.

In a separate interview, SN1 Mark Phillip Tan of PCG – Western Bohol Station told Bohol Island News (BIN) that they left the mainland at 3:30 p.m.

However, when they reached Doljo Point, they met sudden strong winds.

“Naa na sila dapit sa Doljo Point mingkalit lang kuno og hangin nga kusog unya accidentally nahagbong ang duha ka Chinese tourists,” Tan said in a phone interview.

They identified the fatalities as 56-year-old female named Lan Rong and 63-year-old male named Luo Rennei.

Reportedly, Tan said the two tourists were not wearing life vests.

Tan added that the tourists refused to wear them even if boat operator Rufino Labastida insisted.

“Ongoing among investigation sa incident. Amo tan-awon kung puwede ba i-allow ang paraw sailing as activities sa Panglao ug kung dili overloaded,” said Tan.

Photos courtesy of PCG-7

According to Encina, the two dead bodies of the Chinese nationals were turned over to the Holy Name Funeral Homes.

Meanwhile, the boat operator and his companion Randy Anligues are now in the custody of Panglao Police Station.

Encina said initially, they violated PCG Memorandum Circular 02-2014 or the Guidelines for the Operation of Recreational Watercrafts for the Promotion of Life at Sea.

PCG in Bohol and the police there will conduct a joint investigation to determine the criminal liability of the operators.

By Bohol Island News

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