A family outing turned into tragedy after two cousins drowned on New Year’s Day in Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental.

The fatalities were identified by the Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (NOPPO) as John Mark Belnas Fabro, 16, and Rona Gaudia Fabro, 21, both residing at Pinamgimnan, Barangay Obat, Sta. Catalina Negros Oriental.

Two of their companions, namely; Camille Binghil Fabro, 18, and Rhena Gaudia Fabro, 18, also living at Sitio Pinamgimnan, survived and were rushed at a local hospital. Camille Fabro was later relocated to a hospital in Dumaguete CIty for further treatment.

According to Chief M/Sgt. Edilberto Euraoba III, NOPPO Public Information Officer, Rona Gaudia Fabro and Rhena Gaudia Fabro are siblings.

According to initial reports, the family went for a swim at sea when they faced the vicinity of the breakwater in Sitio Guba and panicked that caused the misfortune of the two fatalities.

The Sta. Catalina Police Station received a phone call at around 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday informing them of the tragedy at Sitio Guba in Barangay Poblacion Sta. Catalina. The police immediately responded by conducting a search and rescue operation.

The Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office are still investigating the incident. (RJ Espartinez)