MALASIQUI, Pangasinan -- A child died and another was still undergoing treatment after they drowned while swimming in a fishpond in Barangay Aliaga, Malasique, Pangasinan, around 4 p.m. of January 8.
The fatality was identified as Adriele Justine Poquiz, 8, who was declared dead on arrival at the Blessed Family Hospital in Malasiqui. Still being treated in the same hospital was Andrie Jello dela Cuadra, 4.
Investigation showed that the two kids and two others were swimming in the fishpond owned by Lita Soriano. Poquiz and De La Cuadra went to the deeper portion of the water.
Hearing them shouting for help, their companions Althea De La Cuadra, 4, and Aldrin Joseph Poquiz, 5, went out of the water and ran to seek help.
John Ramil Menor and Mark Kim Mangumlara, who were passing by, jumped into the pond and pulled them to the ground.
Adriele, however, died on the way to the hospital. (PNA)