Retired U.S. Navy officer, Hong Kong citizen drown in Philippines

14:28, July 19, 2011      

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The search of two people, including a Hong Kong resident, who drowned while having scuba diving in the Subic Bay of north Philippines on Sunday evening, is still going on, police said Monday.

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority and the Philippine Coast Guard organized a rescue operation for the two people, which was attended by 6 divers from Olongapo City and the Subic Bay. By 5:30 p.m. Monday, the divers have located the two bodies, but the retrieval is continuing.

Police identified the two people as Stephen Brittian, a 47-year- old retired U.S. Navy officer who is currently a dive instructor at the Johans beach resort in Olongapo City and a Hong Kong citizen Shun Chuen Tin, 30. The two, together with another Chinese, Fong Lung Chow, drove to see the USS New York, a tourist attraction in Subic, on Sunday.

The two, according to a witness, were diving at the USS New York, a shipwreck site in the Subic Bay at around 6 p.m. Sunday.

Chow left the dive site first and later failed to find the two, as the site was dark and muddy. Chow waited for 30 minutes and reported to police.

The owner of the Johans beach resort and dive shop, identified as Johan De Sadeleir, who is a Belgian national, was one of the divers.

Brittain is a known dive expert. That's why his fellow divers were puzzled as to what really happened to them.

Source: Xinhua
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