Canyoneering in Kawasan still safe

The Association of Kawasan Canyoneering Operators of Badian (AKCOB) reassured the public that the extreme sports adventures they offer in Badian town, Cebu, are trustworthy.

AKCOB made the assurance between the March 29 incident involving a Korean national, who died after swimming in the Kawasan Falls in Badian, a town 97.6 km southwest of Cebu City.

In a previous statement, Patrolwoman Odoname Saycon of the Badian Police Station said that the traveler did not drown but was able to approach dry land after jumping from a 45-foot high cliff into the water.

AKCOB, which is made up of 37 operators approved by the local government unit (LGU) of Badian, issued a statement on Saturday, March 30, declaring the 31-year-old Lee Jong Hyuk’s death and clarifying that the death occurred after he swam to the riverbanks.

AKCOB said they had almost 100 accredited guides who were trained for basic life support and basic first aid from the Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management (PDRRMO) and Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7).

“AKCOB assures everyone that Kawasan Falls remains to be a safe tourist destination in southern Cebu,” they said on their statement.

The group also said that they would continue to perform safety measures like the obligatory use of life vest and guarding helmet in Kawasan Falls and canyoneering activity in Badian.

Lifeguards are also deployed in Kawasan Falls to monitor the tourists.
Kawasan Falls is a popular tourist destination in Southern Cebu located in Barangay Matutinao in Badian town.

News source: Cebu Daily News

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