TACLOBAN CITY-A three-year-old boy, identified only “MJ,” was drowned after being swept away by a strong current while swimming with his father in the San Juanico Strait, this city.

The incident occurred around 11 am on Sunday (June 16) in Barangay 105, San Isidro, which faces the San Juanico Strait.

MJ, a resident of GMA Kapuso Village in Brgy 106, Sto. Niño, was reported missing, prompting a search effort by local authorities.

The Tacloban City Police Office’s Police Station 3 received a call about the incident and immediately responded to the scene to verify and investigate the situation.

Based on the investigation, MJ and his friend, also three years old, were swimming when the boy was caught by a strong current.

After several hours of searching, MJ’s lifeless body was discovered floating in the coastal area of the San Juanico Strait around 8 pm on the same day.

He was rushed to the Tacloban City Hospital but was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician at about 11:50 pm.