Second Filipino drowning victim recovered at Phuket

File photo of Freedom Beach, Phuket.
File photo of Freedom Beach, Phuket.

The body of the second Filipino who went missing while swimming on the resort island of Phuket has been found, rescuers said today.

The body was found by rescuers at about 3pm on Sunday, according to The Kusoldharm Foundation. He’s subsequently been identified as Angelo Bien Rafael Cortez, a 29-year-old registered nurse.

Body of missing Filipino swimmer found on Phuket beach

Cortez went missing Wednesday with fellow Filipino Noah Ibay II, 40, while they were swimming in a group at Phuket’s Freedom Beach. Ibay’s body was found Friday.

Authorities said the group ignored warnings to stay out of the water due to an incoming storm. The pair was carried into the ocean by heavy winds and high waves.


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