14-year-old girl drowns in Iloilo river

Jenel Baclay, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 21 2017 05:19 PM | Updated as of Oct 22 2017 12:40 AM

A 14-year-old girl drowned in a river after being swept away by strong current in Leon town, Iloilo Friday afternoon.

Rescuers found the girl lifeless in Barangay Coyugan Norte, Leon after an hour of search and rescue operations.

Investigation showed that the victim was about to go home from school and crossed a river in Barangay Agta, Leon but strong winds blew away her umbrella.

The girl attempted to reach for it but lost her balance and was dragged away by strong current.

Heavy rainfall due to Typhoon Paolo and a low-pressure area had caused the river's water level to rise.