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Chinese tourist drowned in the Philippines

Updated: 2012-08-21 15:47
( Xinhua)

BORACAY Island, Philippines - A Chinese woman died during helmet diving in Boracay Island, the most popular resort in the Philippines, on Tuesday morning, according to local tourist police.

Police identified the victim as Wang Na, a resident of Jiangsu province in East China.

Eugenio Villanueva, tourist police investigator, said the mishap happened when Wang along with her Chinese friends went on helmet diving in Sitio Bulabog, Balabag village.

"The victim was diving 15 feet when her helmet gadget used for diving reportedly malfunctioned, and she was immediately brought to the Boracay District Hospital for treatment,"  Villanueva said.

Attending doctors, however, declared her dead on arrival.

The Boracay local council has already suspended the operation of helmet diving as police started an investigation.