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Monday, June 23, 2008

2 mountaineers die in Zambales

The death toll in the mountaineering mishap in Zambales province last weekend rose to two after rescuers recovered the body of a second victim early Monday.

SPO2 Roberto Lorico of the San Antonio town police said rescuers recovered the body of Joan Pimentel at 6:30 a.m., after the body of Joseph Belarca was found Sunday afternoon.

"Nakuha ang bangkay ni Joan Pimentel 6:30 a.m. Kahapon mga 1:30 p.m. nakuha ang bangkay ni Joseph Belarca (Rescuers found the body of Joan Pimentel at 6:30 a.m. today. At 1:30 p.m. Sunday they found the body of Joseph Belarca)," Lorico said in an interview on dzBB radio.

He said several teams from the local police and Pundaquit village are still in the field looking for at least one other mountaineer, identified as Thaddeus Reandazo.

At least nine other mountaineers had been rescued earlier, he said.

Initial investigation showed the group started climbing Mt. Pundaquit Saturday morning, but police learned of it only after the body of Belarca was found.

"Dapat sa police station nakikipag-coordinate sila (They should have coordinated with the police station)," he said.

Earlier, Lorico said the mountaineers were crossing a creek when the strong current washed them away. Belarca hit his head. - GMANews.TV

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