TACLOBAN CITY-A 23-year old man was killed after he was hit by a lightning in Zumarraga town in Samar province on Sunday (June 7) while he was trying to untie a rope of their motorized banca.
Killed was Romulo Papelerin of Barangay Mualbual who was with his friends on a motorized banca on their way for a swimming when the freak incident happened at around 11:30 am on that day, said Staff Sergeant Mat Jomel Tañega of the Zumarraga municipal police station.
Tañega, in a phone interview, said that Papelerin was with 13 others, including their village Sangguniang Kabataan chairman Esmeraldo Alborta for a swimming to an island located across their village, when he was hit by the lightning.
“As he was pulling the rope of the motorized banca as they were to leave for a swimming, heavy rain suddenly poured followed by a lightning which hit the victim who was standing at the rear portion of the banca,” the police officer said.
The victim died immediately though he was brought at the Samar Provincial Hospital in Catbalogan City.
None of his companions were hurt by the incident, the police said.