PUDTOL, Apayao – An 18-year old high school graduate died after she allegedly drowned while swimming in a resort at Maton, here, Tuesday.
Police authorities identified the fatality as Christine Joy Torrejas, 18 years old, single, High School graduate and resident of Mabuttal East, Ballesteros, Cagayan.
Initial police investigation showed that the victim and her family members went to the resort to have a family celebration of her graduation when she and her cousin decided to go swimming in a narrow part of the river.
However, she stepped into a slippery rock that caused her to be carried away by the strong water current into the deep portion of the river.
Concerned residents and rescuers immediately responded to the scene and rushed the victim to the Ama Jadsac District Hospital for medical treatment but she was declared dead on arrival by attending physicians.
By Dexter A. See