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He died a hero: Igor drowns while saving two boys and his girlfriend drifting out to sea of La Union

Photo Courtesy || Pearl Alvarez FB
Cordillera - A hero rescuer drowned as he saved two boys and his girlfriend who were carried away by strong waves in a local beach in La Union. 

He was identified as Igor Sebio Donga-el, 29-year-old and a local resident of Pico La Trinidad, Benguet. 

Donga-el, a member of Team Lakay died last night on a beach where the team had gone to celebrate their advance Christmas Party.

An eyewitness said that she saw her teammate signaling for help and all the others on the water waving their hands calling for help because three people were drifted out to sea.

"I looked closer to what was happening and was shocked to see three (2 boys, 1 lady) people going further and further away into the deep sea. I turned my back around, shouted for help along with others," Pearl Alvarez said on a Facebook post.

Many rescuers including residents and surfers nearby heeded to the call and came rushing to help. 

Two boys and one lady (his girlfriend )were safely brought to the shore except Igor. His girlfriend went looking for him but she was told that only three of them made it to the shore. She didn't believe it because Igor was there carrying her, trying to make her float. 

One of the boy said that Igor tried to keep him afloat by pushing his feet from under the sea and then disappeared. 

When they can't find Igor, some good hearted residents rushed in the middle of the sea to check on him, according to Alvarez.

After several minutes of looking and waiting for Igor, the sea brought him back lifeless. 

"Minutes turned into an hour and everyone was still waiting.. Minutes after the 1st hour from disappearance, we are witnessing a floating body on the sea, still on his blue shirt.. there goes the body of the HERO, tossed by the waters..The man who, until his last breath, with all his might, poured out everything he has to keep others from losing their lives," Alvarez wrote. 

Igor was brought to the nearest hospital but he was not able to survived. 

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Team Lakay Coach Mark Sangiao wrote an encouraging message for Igor. 

"Igor, you taught us a very important lesson in life. "Nothing defeats the purpose of life when it ends for the purpose of sparing live. "You are a warrior, you are a hero," Sangiao wrote in his FB account.


Unknown said...

Brave.. a true hero!

The Frustrated Mother PMMA Batch 2010 said...

My condolences to the bereaved family and to the team lakay😢

Unknown said...

such a hero...ur gone but ur braveness as a hero will still remain in everyones in peace and my heartly sympathy to the bereaved fanily...

Anonymous said...

Rest in peace Igor. Condolence to the bereaved family.

Unknown said...

so sad,he is indeed a HERO..
CONDOLENCE to the bereaved family

Unknown said...

Our prayers and deepest condolences to the bereaved family..Rest in Peace...

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