Fisherman dead after lightning hit him in Davao City waters
DAVAO CITY – A man fishing along the waters off the coastline of Aplaya Beach in Lanang in this city died on the spot after lightning struck him shortly before midnight of Tuesday, June 6.
Police Major Jake Goles, Sasa police station chief, said Sofronio Pal Taneo, 65, a resident of Sitio Bolakan, Barangay Aquino of Agdao here, was hit by lightning and was immediately rescued by a certain Armand Alcociba, who saw the incident from the window of his house in Barangay Lizada.
Alcociba told the police that he immediately called his brother and friends to rescue the fisherman.
But although they retrieved Taneo’s body and brought him to the shore, their attempts to resuscitate him failed.
Responding police units and the search-and-rescue team of the Davao Central 991 also tried to revive the victim when they arrived at the scene but to no avail.
Taneo, a native of Manual Barangay Site in Kiblawan, Davao del Sur, was declared dead by physicians and was brought to a local funeral parlor for proper disposition.
Authorities have been warning individuals to keep away from flat areas and high grounds during thunderstorms; and to avoid using their cellular devices as precautionary measures against lightning.
Early this year, five youths were killed and another one survived up in the slopes of Barangay Binaton, Digos City, when a fierce lightning struck the makeshift hut, where they took shelter from the rain and thunder.