DAUIS, Bohol – Two mothers in their early 30s did not make it to the hospital as they’re pronounced dead on arrival after they’re were drowned in bathing spree along the causeway of this town yesterday morning, police record showed. Police identified the fatalities as Emelita Ranolo Ramirez, 33, of Alicia town but presently residing at sitio Kataingan, barangay Mansasa, Tagbilaran City and her elder sister, Percy Ranolo Ponla, 35 of barangay Katipunan, Alicia, Bohol.
Percy Ponla’s daughter identified as Jecyvel Ponla, 6 who was rushed to the hospital following her rescue was still recuperating but already safe when this writer got the police blotter last night, police said. Telephone and Radio System Intergated Emergency Response (TARSIER) 117 arrived at the scene but like other concerned rescuers failed to locate the drowned persons, except for Jecyvel Ponla whose body was brought to the hospital in the city.
In a visit yesterday afternoon, the relatives of the drowned moms confirmed the duo just died and they’re awating for their bodies be brought home to Alicia town. The kin said that there were seven of the family who took bath at the “tidal flat” of white sand just a stone-throw away from Jacinto Borja bridge that connects thru the concrete causeway this town and Tagbilaran city.
A certain Richard Denampo of this town told this writer that he was wondering what the two children up to when his motorscycle he was riding on his way to work seemed blocked by them who were all wet. The children who appeared unable to speak what’s going on pointed their hands to the “tidal flat” nearby.
Sensing that they need help, he jumped into the sea and tried to help rescue and brought the body of Jecyvel up the causeway, he said. Other children who took bath were safe, he said. Asked if he would still goes to work, he said in the negative. But he said in Visayab he felt elated because he was able to help someone in distress.
Police blotter said that the elder Emelita Ramirez saw her niece (Jecyvel) who screamed for help as she was about to sink into the deep and tried to swim towards her and saved her.
But it turned out that the rescuer (Emelita) was the one shouted for help. He sister, Percy Ponla, saw her sister “flapping both hands asking for help and sunk into the deep,” as narrated by one Gervacio Ponla in the police blotter obtained by DYTR. Percy swam towards her sister (Emelita) and tried to rescue but failed since she also drowned. (rvo)