Diniwid Rescue: How a patrolman, two construction workers, two passersby, and a local tourist saved

By Freida Dario-Santiago

As recounted to BSN by a reader and Diniwid resident


Five unsung superheroes that deserve to be recognized for their courage are patrolman Steve Mardee Sabino, construction workers Joel Legaspi, Robert Lacheca, Manny Sacapaño, and an unnamed passerby and local tourist.


Last November 6, at around 9:20 a.m., a two- to three-year-old girl got washed out and carried away by big waves while sitting at the shore in Diniwid Beach with her parents. Unbeknownst to the family that was visiting from Iloilo, the Philippine Coast Guard-Boracay declared a sailing ban that day due to the prevailing strong winds and big waves.


The parents both being non-swimmers, asked for help from patrolman Sabino who was nearby. Legaspi and Lacheca, construction workers that were building a bamboo structure at the time, witnessed the cry for help and rushed to the beach where they saw the child floating about five meters from the shoreline.


The child was rescued from the water by Sabino, Sacapaño, and an unnamed passerby. Legaspi and Lacheca then resuscitated the child at the shore. The child was brought to a shed and laid on a table and was given further first aid by a local tourist who also witnessed the incident, until she regained consciousness. Patrolman Sabino rushed the little girl to AMC clinic for proper medical treatment together with her parents.


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