2 kids drown while picking snails in Iloilo

Posted at 09/28/12 2:11 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Two children drowned in Iloilo City after falling into a dike while picking up snails, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Friday.

The NDRRMC said Janie Salvador, 5; and Princess Castor, 4, were picking up snails when they fell into a dike at around 10 a.m. last September 22.

Authorities tried but fail to rescue the victims that day.

Salvador's body was retrieved at around 8:45 a.m. the following day some 400 meters off the coast of Barangay Balcon Melliza in Jordan, Guimaras.

Castor's remains were only retrieved yesterday at 5:30 a.m. in the waters off Barangay San Isidro in La Paz, Iloilo.