Tour guide slips, falls over rugged Mount Taraw in El Nido, Palawan

February 3, 2016 12:03 pm 

By Ruth T. Rodriguez

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Feb. 3 (PNA) -– A tour guide in El Nido fell over the ruggedly sharp Mount Taraw Tuesday after attempting to save a foreign tourist, who just proposed to his girlfriend.

Raymond Osorio of the El Nido Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that tour guide Eller Agosto is now in critical condition in a hospital in Puerto Princesa after falling 500-700 meters down Mount Taraw in El Nido.

“The tourist guide was trying to save a foreign tourist from falling from Mount Taraw, who just proposed to his girlfriend. When the woman was trying to accept the ring, the boyfriend almost fell so, the tour guide tried to catch him. But he was the one who fell,” he said.

According to witnesses, Agosto, fell from the third station of the Mount Taraw climb.

The foreign tourist, said to be an African national, was identified as Jean Jacques. His girlfriend, on the other hand, was named Maria Batler.

Jacques, along with another foreign tourist, also suffered minor bruises. They are now okay.

Due to the accident, Mayor Edna Gacott-Lim of El Nido, has ordered the temporary closure of Mount Taraw from tourists.

Mount Taraw that is known too, as Taraw Cliff in El Nido, is a frequented promontory, whose peak gives a visitor the most beautiful panoramic view of Bacuit Bay.

The climb to reach the peak, according to local guides, takes around 45 minutes. In Cuyunon, “taraw” means “peak” or “mountain.” (PNA)



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