SOLSONA, Ilocos Norte- A seaman drowned in a river in Barangay Manalpac, Solsona, Ilocos Norte earlier this week.
Victim Ruperto Santos, 44, was last seen swimming in the deepest part of the river during a picnic with his relatives.
"Allegedly nakainum ng alak yun victim bago siya naligo sa ilog," PNP-Solsona police chief C/Insp. Rodelio Santos said.
(The victim was allegedly drunk when he went for a swim.)
It took almost half an hour before the body of the victim was found and retrieved due to the strong current, officials said.
The victim was pronounced dead on arrival in Dingras District Hospital.