Video captures 65-year-old man getting swept away by raging river in Marinduque

Published September 9, 2021, 1:30 PM

by Jerry Alcayde

CALAPAN CITY, Oriental Mindoro — At least two persons died in Marinduque after they were swept away by flash floods and strong river current caused by Typhoon Jolina.

The Police Regional Office-MIMAROPA (Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) has identified the victim as Jovert M. Garay, 21, single, fishermen and a resident of Sitio Lagundian, Barangay Tungib-Lipata in Buenavista town.

The other casualty, Erineo Moncus, 65, of Gasan town who was identified by his relatives was caught in a video footage trying to cross a river while his wife and relatives were watching him in the opposite riverbank.

The video showed that Moncus’ companions even reminded him not to cross the river but moments later, the floodwater swept him as he clutched to a protruding dried trunk of tree but the water pushed him away down the river.

His lifeless body was found several meters away of the same river last Tuesday.

PRO-MIMAROPA also listed the missing persons as Bobby Villavicencio, Bernie Villavicencio, Hermis Villavicencio and Mario Mendito, all residents of Barangay Tungib-Lipata, who were onboard their motorized banca, FB Green Horse heading back to Marinduque after unloading their catched fish in Lucena City when they met the typhoon near Elephant Island.

Their boat sunk due to strong winds and giant waves, police said.

In Oriental Mindoro, Governor Humerlito Dolor has issued an order suspending all classes in all levels and work in government and private offices in Calapan City, Puerto Galera, San Teodoro, Baco, Naujan, Victoria, Socorro, Pola, Pinamalayan, Gloria and Bansud.