Friends offer sympathy to dead guide’s family

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NETIZENS who knew canyoneering guide Aldrin “Ya Man” Carba expressed sympathy to the 26-year-old outdoor enthusiast’s family.
Carba died after going under the strong current of Kanlaob River in Alegria, Cebu.

Friends of Carba remembered him as a great outdoor enthusiast who kept them safe during their tours in the mountains, rivers and peaks in southern Cebu.

On her Facebook page, his sister Rachel wrote Aldrin will be buried on Aug. 3 in Moalboal.


One of Aldrin’s friends wrote on the social media page: “I am deeply saddened by his passing but am glad that I got to meet such an extremely passionate man.”


Another wrote: “We will never forget the fond memories. You were able to effortlessly make everyone have a good time.”

The incident prompted Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (PDRRM) Officer Baltazar Tribunalo Jr. to request the Provincial Board to pass a resolution asking mayors to suspend any outdoor activities pending a review of their risk assessment programs.

He also encouraged tourist guides and enthusiasts of extreme activities, like canyoneering, to wear safety gear.

Carba of Barangay Poblacion West, Moalboal was found after a 29-hour search and retrieval operation last Sunday. He went missing after going down into the river last Saturday.

Senior Insp. Ronilo Macasilhig, head of Alegria Police Station, said Carba's body got stuck in a rock.

According to the police, Carba led 18 guests to Kanlaob River in Barangay Compostela, Alegria.

Carba went down a cliff, about 15 feet high, using a harness. Due to the strong current, Carba was not able to secure the other end of the rope while in the water. He got swept away by the current around 11 a.m.

His assistant, Tranquilino Temblor, asked for assistance from local residents but no one could help.

“The current was too strong and the water was murky,” Macasilhig told Sun.Star Cebu.

The Municipal Government of Alegria launched the search and rescue operation with the help of the PDRRMO on Sunday.

At 4 p.m., three residents found Carba's remains.

Dr. Sanson Dela Peña, municipal health officer of Alegria, declared Carba dead due to drowning. Carba was then brought to St. Peter Memorial Homes in Moalboal town.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 29, 2014.

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