Grade 6 student in critical condition after almost drowning in Manila Bay

More visitors flock Manila Bay, some still swim even DOH advised water is not clean for swimming / photo from scoopnest (ctto)

Manila, Philippines – Manila Bay is in the middle of rehabilitation and people have been warned that it is not safe yet to swim in its murky water.

An 11-year-old girl is now in critical condition after almost drowning yesterday when she swam in the bay with her friends.

Unang Balita reported that the grade 6 student almost drowned and is confined at the Manila Hospital where she was rushed by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) after she was saved.

The student was identified as Rhianne Janiel Soriano, resident of Adriatico Street, Manila.

According to the victim’s mother Marivic Madilas her daughter kept throwing up and her body has gone stiff after the incident.

Madilas also said that she did not know her daughter went swimming with her friends. She only learned about the accident after one of her daughter’s friends told her that her daughter was already in the hospital.

“Naengganyo kasi siya magswimming kasi akala niya na malinis na ang Manila Bay,” the mother said

According to ABS CBN, the girl ingested the bay’s water when she almost drowned.

The student is just one of many people who went to see Manila Bay after its rehabilitation started. 

And, despite warning from the Department of Health (DOH) that the water is not safe for swimming, some people still can't be swayed not to swim.

In a statement released by the DOH on Monday, it said: “While the clean-up is ongoing, the public is strongly advised to wait until the waters are deemed safe for recreational swimming.”

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