Another Filipino drowns in New Zealand, says DFA


Posted at Jan 17 2019 09:01 PM

MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Thursday another Filipino drowned in a river in New Zealand, the second such incident involving a Philippine citizen this month. 

The body of a 20-year-old Filipino who drowned while swimming with friends in the Whanganui River was recovered Thursday, the foreign office said in a statement. 

News reports from New Zealand said the man was seen struggling in the river, a major body of water in the North Island, on Wednesday and that rescuers were readily dispatched. His body was found past noon Thursday.

His death came just days after 26-year-old Filipino student Kent Espinosa drowned while swimming with friends at Whangarei Falls in Northland last week. 

As a result of the drownings, Philippine Ambassador to New Zealand Jesus Gary Domingo said the Philippine Embassy will hold townhall meetings to promote better water safety awareness with members of the Filipino community in New Zealand.