A 14-YEAR-OLD student and a 17-year-old farmer drowned in separate incidents in Leyte and Northern Samar Tuesday, August 24, 2021.

In Palo, Leyte, police identified the victim as a Grade 9 high school student from Barangay Cavite East.

The victim, along with his friends, was swimming in a river when he was carried away by the strong current around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

The farmer drowned after he fell into the river in Barangay Vigo, Laoang, Northern Samar around 6:40 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the victim’s brother, they were hauling coconuts aboard a boat when the victim suddenly suffered a leg cramp and accidentally fell.

The brother tried to help and search the victim but failed to find him.

The Laoang Municipal Police Station had coordinated with the Philippine Coast Guard for the retrieval operation. (SunStar Philippines)