Daanbantayan budget officer drowns, 6-year-old granddaughter survives

THE 57-year-old budget officer of the Municipality of Daanbantayan in northern Cebu drowned after she fell into a manhole in a beach resort in Sitio Tambo, Barangay Kawit, Medellin in northern Cebu past 12 p.m. Sunday, July 17, 2022.The fatality was identified as Marissa Cruz of Barangay Bitoon, Daanbantayan. Her six-year-old granddaughter survived, police said.Cruz and her granddaughter arrived at the beach resort with their family past 11 a.m. for a downtime.Past noon, relatives noticed Cruz and the girl were missing. They searched the resort for about 30 minutes until they found them stuck in a manhole near the sea.Cruz and the girl were rushed to the Daanbantayan District Hospital but Cruz was declared dead on arrival at 12:55 p.m. Her granddaughter was treated for wounds in the lower part of her body.Initial investigation showed that the manhole was only covered with a bamboo table and there was no warning sign.The Medellin Police Station has yet to complete its investigation on the incident, and it will determine the beach resort management’s liability.