3 men die of suffocation in Pangasinan deepwell
LINGAYEN, Philippines — Three men died of suffocation inside a deep well of a piggery farm in Natividad, Pangasinan shortly before noon Tuesday.
Senior Inspector Rizalino Suarez, Natividad police chief, identified the victims as Noli Boy Rillorta, 30; Arman Mejia, 19; and Crisanto Pamparo, all workers of Lucky 888 Farms in Barangay (village) San Macario in Natividad town.
Suarez said Rillorta descended into the 14-meter well at about 10 a.m. Tuesday to repair a submersible water pump that they used in the piggery farm.
But at about 10:30 a.m. Mejia, who was at the top of the well, saw Rillorta lose consciousness. He then immediately went down the well to rescue Mejia.
“He has barely touched Rillorta when Mejia also lost consciousness and fell,” Suarez said.
Seeing Rillorta and Mejia unconscious, Pamparo also went down the well to rescue them. But he, too, lost consciousness.
Suarez said that when he and his team arrived in the area a few minutes later, a volunteer descended into the well but quickly climbed up because he had difficulty breathing while down there.
“I told my team that we should be equipped to retrieve the bodies,” Suarez said.
He said he asked that a large electric fan be trained at the well’s entrance to blow air into the well and borrowed two compressor pumps with its hoses lowered down the well for the rescuers to use for breathing.
The bodies of the three men were finally taken out of the well at 2:46 p.m.
Suarez said that they were immediately examined by Dr. Felix Briones, Natividad health officer, who was earlier summoned to the piggery farm.
But Briones, Suarez said, declared them dead because of suffocation.
Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94