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Heroes on the act! A couple saved the life of a tourist in Boracay

  • The couple were lounging on the shore when suddenly shouts had been heard that a tourist was drowning
  • His advice that those who have CPR knowledge should immediately respond
  • The local government is advised to put more lifeguard posts on the vicinity to assure the safety of their tourists

There are situations that happen beyond our control. Like a tourist in Boracay who almost drowned when his head was hit by the paddle board. Luckily, there was this couple who saved his life.

A netizen, named JP Liwag Kabigtin, posted on his Facebook account about an incident that happened in Boracay on March 11 at 5 o’clock in the afternoon. While a couple was lounging on the shore, suddenly shouts had been heard that a tourist was drowning, after hitting his head on the paddle board.

Luckily, the nearby couple, Justine Navarra, a nursing graduate and currently an employee of ABS-CBN Studio Experience, and Louisa Jenkins, a registered nurse were there to respond to the emergency  and who were knowledgeable. They immediately performed CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on the tourist.

Posted by JP Liwag Kabigting on Monday, March 11, 2019

“We saw buhat na yung foreigner papuntang shore, yung girlfriend ko agad yung tumayo and pumunta dun sa tao nung nakita namin na wala na siyang malay, yung girlfriend ko agad yung nag-CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation),” Navarra related during his interview with the ABS-CBN News.

Navarra also said that the beach guard immediately asked for help but when the lifeguard arrived, they have already performed the CPR. He advised those who have CPR knowledge that they should immediately respond to help and for those who do not, should call for help right away.

“Better din po na may alam yung ibang tao even if wala po sila sa medical field para in case may mangyari po ulit mas madali tayong makakatulong kung madaming may alam,” he said.

Kabigting, in his post, advised the local government to put more lifeguard posts on the vicinity, especially in summer, to assure the safety of their tourists. Unlike what had happened  where the nearest lifeguard post was located 500 meters away – which was the reason of the delayed response of the lifeguards during the emergency.

This happened around 5pm in boracay. Nagpapaddleboard lang sila ng mga kasama nya sa likod namin habang naglalangoy…

Posted by JP Liwag Kabigting on Monday, March 11, 2019


“Kung makita man ay matagal pa siya makakaresponde dahil malayo nga. Sana po may mga nakatalaga na lifeguards at least every 200 meters. Kasi sobrang layo ng pagitan ng mga post ng lifeguards,” he said.

Written by Rhelyn Harder

An open-minded person who seeks to inspire readers through writing. She believes that having the freedom and courage to express oneself is an opportunity to influence others.

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