MANILA - A couple who were on vacation did not expect they would end up saving a life when they took a trip to Boracay last March 11.
Justine Navarra, an employee of ABS-CBN Studio Experience, and his girlfriend Louisa Jenkins were lounging on the shore when the latter's brother heard that a tourist drowned after he hit his head on his paddle board.
Navarra, a nursing graduate, and Jenkins, a registered nurse, were quick to respond to the scene.
"We saw buhat na yung foreigner papuntang shore, yung girlfriend ko agad yung tumayo and pumunta dun sa tao nung nakita namin na wala na siyang malay, yung girlfriend ko agad yung nag-CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)," he told ABS-CBN News.
(We saw that the foreigner was being brought to the shore, my girlfriend immediately stood up and went there. We saw he was unconscious and my girlfriend immediately performed CPR.)
Navarra said a beach guard immediately called for help but they had already performed CPR when a lifeguard arrived.
In the event of a similar emergency, Navarra said those with CPR knowledge should do what they can to help, while those who do not should call for help right away.
"Better din po na may alam yung ibang tao even if wala po sila sa medical field para in case may mangyari po ulit mas madali tayong makakatulong kung madaming may alam," he said.
(It's better if others also know how to perform CPR even if they're not in the medical field. In case something happens again we can help quickly if more people have knowledge.)
The incident was posted on Facebook by JP Liwag Kabigting, who said the nearest lifeguard post was located 500 meters away, near Willy's Rock.
Kabigting urged the local government to put up more lifeguard posts, especially during the course of the summer season.
"Kung makita man ay matagal pa siya makakaresponde dahil malayo nga. Sana po may mga nakatalaga na lifeguards at least every 200 meters. Kasi sobrang layo ng pagitan ng mga post ng lifeguards," he said.
(Even if the lifeguard saw the incident he can't respond right away because it's far. I hope they would place lifeguards at least every 200 meters because the distance between lifeguard posts are too far.)