INVESTIGATION ruled out foul play on the death of a 16-year-old teen who got drowned in a government-owned pool in Cagayan de Oro.
In its findings, the task force created to conduct a probe said the incident was purely “accidental in nature” as the victim, James Cloyd Casiño, had no known enemies nor had a background of being suicidal.
"The victim was last seen alive sitting alone on the staircase’s footing of the Olympic-sized swimming pool with a depth of 7 feet. Naturally, the victim could have drowned if he attempted to swim since he didn’t know how to swim. But the more logical explanation is that he had accidentally slipped to the bottom of the pool while sitting at the edge of the pool's staircase considering it was partially submerged in the water and quite slippery,” the task force states.
The findings thus cleared the three lifeguards on duty at Kagay-an Lawndale Spring Resort in Barangay Taguanao, saying they cannot be faulted for not noticing the incident.
Also, witness testimonies showed no indication that there was an act of struggling or commotion that could have easily caught the attention of the lifeguards.
The task force also dismissed the allegations that the victim was epileptic or that he was a special child.
As an aftermath, the task force recommended that the resort management should place a barrier which would separate the PWD pool to the Olympic-sized pool, more lifeguards, and the closed-circuit television (CCTVs) should have a high capacity storage memory bank to record incidents in the resort vicinity.
It can be recalled that the City Government created a Task Force to further investigate the death of Casino.
The task force is headed by the City Legal Office as Chair, and Co-Chaired by City Councilor Jay Roa-Pascual, being the chairman of the Committee on Tourism.
Other members are: City Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office, Human Resource Management Office, City Information Office, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Department, City Budget Office and Regulatory and Complaints Board.
Casiño, a resident of Talongan in Sitio Calaanan, Barangay Canitoan, was found submerged underwater around 9:47 a.m. last May 6.
After the incident, the City Government ordered that an Oro Rescue team should be on standby every Saturdays and Sundays in the resort.