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Big waves may have swept
missing elderly man: family


An elderly man was reported missing by his daughter yesterday after he failed to return home the previous day while gathering firewood along the shorelines of Ajong village in San Jose town, Negros Oriental.

The daughter, Susan Casipong Balasabas, 50, asked the help of the Negros Oriental Search and Rescue group to help find her missing father, Antonio Casipong, 73.

She said the family believes the man was swept away by big waves.

NOSAR team leader Alejandro Somoza said search-and-rescue operations at sea were dependent on whether the weather would cooperate. Also, he asked the family to confirm first through witnesses if, indeed, the man fell into the sea or he could have just gone somewhere else.

It was raining constantly in Dumaguete City and other parts of Negros Oriental, and in fact, some portions of Dumaguete were flooded.

Somoza has asked the assistance of the Philippine National Police and the media to inform coastal communities to help look out for the missing Antonio Casipong.

Erratic weather patterns in the past days had already claimed the lives of two young men who drowned at sea early this week in Bacong town in Negros Oriental.*JFP



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