14-year-old boy rescued from drowning in Manila Bay

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MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said on Saturday that its personnel rescued a 14-year-old boy from drowning in Manila Bay.

PCG personnel from BRP Melchora Aquino, which was moored in the port area, found the boy 400 meters from the vessel around 2:00 p.m. Friday.

The child, who resided in Quiapo, Manila, held a polystyrene box and plastic bottles that kept him afloat.

Staff immediately deployed a hard-shell inflatable float to save the child from drowning.

According to the victim, he was swept away by a strong current while swimming in Manila Bay.

The child’s injuries were treated by the PCG and he was taken to the Department of Social Welfare and Development, whose staff escorted him back to his residence.

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