DFA condoles with family of Filipino who drowned in New Zealand

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 17) — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) extended its sympathies to the family of a FIlipino who drowned in New Zealand.

In a statement released Thursday, the DFA said the 20-year-old Filipino — who they did not name — was swimming with friends in the Whanganui River when he drowned Wednesday.

The body was recovered Thursday, it said.

The DFA said this was the third incident of a Filipino drowning in New Zealand. On January 11, student Kent Espinosa drowned in Whangarei Falls. In October 2018, another Filipino drowned as he tried to save his nieces.

"As a result of these drownings, Ambassador to New Zealand Jesus Gary Domingo said the Embassy will hold townhall meetings to promote better water safety awareness with members of the Filipino Community," said the DFA.

Meanwhile, the DFA also said that a Filipina tourist was hurt when the bus carrying her and 22 other passengers skidded off a highway in Chumphon province in southern Thailand.

Ambassador to Thailand Mary Jo A. Bernardo-Aragon reported the Filipina sustained minor injuries in the incident and was released after being treated.