FIVE-YEAR-OLD twin brothers drowned in a swimming pool at a subdivision in Barangay Gabi, Cordova town, Cebu past 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023.
The incident was reported to the Cordova Police Station by the twins’ uncle. However, the police requested to withhold the identities of the drowning victims and the subdivision.
The uncle told the police that the twins had been playing ball at the subdivision’s plaza before the incident happened at 3:40 p.m. The family later saw the twin brothers and the ball floating in the pool.
The police put out a theory to explain the incident: While playing, the ball bounced into the pool. The twin brothers jumped into the pool, and in trying to retrieve it, they drowned.
The twin brothers were brought by the personnel from the Cordova Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office to a private hospital in Lapu-Lapu City. However, the boys died a few hours later.
The police said the subdivision’s management had posted a notice before the twin brothers’ drowning. It states “no lifeguard on duty,” and each individual or family using the pool was responsible for their safety.
SunStar Cebu learned that investigators from the Cordova Police Station intended to conduct an inquiry within the subdivision.
However, the homeowners’ association refused them entry because residents were still mourning over the incident.