Bulletin: On the Drowning of Filipino Couple in the Maldives

14 January 2019 – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) expresses its sympathies to the families of a Filipino couple who drowned on Sunday while on their honeymoon in the Maldives.

The DFA is in touch with the next of kin of the two overseas workers and has assured them of its assistance in the repatriation of their remains.

The Philippine Embassy in Dhaka, which has jurisdiction over the Maldives, has been instructed to coordinate with authorities in the Maldives and in making arrangements for the repatriation of the two drowning victims who are both from Laguna. The couple were married on 18 December and left Manila for their honeymoon on 9 January.

Authorities reported that the 29-year-old wife and her 30-year-old husband were guests in a resort in Dhiffushi island and were snorkeling when they started drowning. Both were rescued by resort workers but were pronounced dead upon arrival at a local hospital. Authorities were reported to be investigating the incident. END