TV reporter trapped at Taal volcano crater

By Arnell Ozaeta, ABS-CBN News Southern Tagalog

Posted at Jun 17 2010 05:31 PM | Updated as of Jun 18 2010 01:59 AM

BATANGAS (UPDATE) -  A male TV reporter was trapped near the crater of Taal volcano while covering families residing near the volcano at Talisay, Batangas Thursday afternoon.
Lt Commander Troy Cornelio, Batangas coastguard chief, identified the victim as Joshua Garcia, TV reporter of GNN or Global News Network.
Cornelio said Garcia asked permission from the coastguard to go to Barangay Tabla for an interview with the residents around 10 a.m.
He said Garcia took a sidetrip and went closer to the crater lake, which is 250 meters from the viewing deck, for a standupper despite warnings by residents and his own TV crew.
He said the reporter was trapped for 5 hours and could not climb back because his location was too steep.

He said Garcia sent a text message to the coastguard based in Talisay command post, asking for help.
The coastguard was able to pluck out Garcia from the crater after five hours of rescue operation. Garcia suffered exhaustion, dehydration and some bruises to his body.