Field trip disaster: Bodies of 2 more students found

Posted at 08/20/14 6:26 PM

MANILA - The bodies of 2 more Bulacan State University (BSU) students have been retrieved in Madlum River in Barangay Sibul, San Miguel, Bulacan on Wednesday, bringing the death toll in yesterday's drowning incident to 6.

Authorities said the bodies of Jenette Rivera and Madel Navarro were recovered at around 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.

Rivera and Navarro were among the 9 BSU first year tourism students who were crossing the river from Madlum Cave when they were suddenly swept away by raging floodwaters on Tuesday afternoon.

The Bulacan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) said the flashfloods may have been triggered by the heavy downpour on Mt. Manalmon.

The bodies of students Mikhail Alcantara, Phil Rodney Alejo, Michelle Ann Rose Bonzo, and Helena Marcelo were recovered on Tuesday afternoon.

One student, identified as Maiko Bartolome, remain missing.

Two others, identified as Daniel Cunanan and Thea Hernandez, survived.

The victims were among a group of BSU students on board four buses who went to Madlum Cave in Barangay Sibul for a field trip.

Due to the incident, the mayor of San Miguel town temporarily closed the tourist spot. -- Reports from Jake Morales, dzMM; Kori Quintos, ABS-CBN News