Romanian man found dead at Ifugao waterfall

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

MANILA -- A Romanian university student was found dead three days after he went missing while swimming at a popular waterfall in the northern Philippines.

Regional civil defense chief Olive Luces said the body of George Sfintes was found floating Saturday in the pool of the Tappiya Falls in Ifugao province's Banaue township.

The area is popular with tourists who hike on mountain trails with a view of famous rice terraces.

Provincial police chief Laurence Mombael said the 22-year-old Sfintes was with 10 other Western and Japanese visitors. He studied at a Japanese university.

Mombael said Sfintes could have strayed too close to the base of the falls and may have drowned after he was sucked into the churning water. (AP)

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