Man drowns after jumping from vessel Print
Tuesday, 08 August 2017 16:22

By ELY DUMABOC

A 45-year old man died after jumping overboard from a passenger vessel bound for Lamitan city yesterday afternoon.

Zamboanga Coast Guard Commander Lt. Alvin Dagalea identified the fatality as Jainal Gappal, 45 years old and a resident of Barangay Matatag, Lamitan city, Basilan.

The Zamboanga Coast Guard station received a report from the Kristel Jane 5, a passenger vessel,  that one of their passengers, jumped overboard in waters near Sta Cruz Island  at around 3:15pm.

Coast Guard personnel proceeded to the area and successfully retrieved and rendered first aid procedures to Gappal.

Gappal was rushed to the Brent Hospital but was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician.

Mrs. Laina Mansan, the victim’s aunt, said that the victim is suffering from mental problems.

The passenger was reportedly  on the way back to Lamitan city after seeking psychological treatment in Zamboanga city when the incident happened.  (Ely Dumaboc)