ORMOC CITY– A fisherman was found dead floating on the seawater in Barangay Mahalit, Merida, Leyte on Wednesday (Jan.10) at about 12:10 pm.

The local police identified the victim as Leonilo Noya, 63, and a resident of Purok 3 of the said barangay.

Case investigator Police Staff Sergeant Emanuel Parac said that based on their interview with the wife of the victim, Lilia, 62, the victim told her that he would go fishing and promised to return immediately.

However, her husband failed to return home on that day, prompting her to ask help from their neighbors to help her find her husband.

A neighbor, Jocel Donaldo, 31, later discovered the dead body of Noya, floating on the water.

The police and the Bantay Dagat together with the Merida Rescue Group immediately retrieved the body of the victim and brought the cadaver to the Merida Health Center where a doctor declared him as dead on arrival. (ROBERT DEJON)