British tourist, 57, drowns while swimming in Philippines during storm

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A British holidaymaker drowned while swimming in the Philippines as parts of the country were being battered by a powerful tropical storm.

David Wilmot, from Eastbourne, East Sussex, had travelled to the country in Southeast Asia to see his girlfriend who lived there, say police.

The 57-year-old died when he went for a swim at a beach resort in Maramba, Albay, last Thursday as the Philippines was in the grips of Storm Falcon.

He was dragged away by powerful currents during the evening swim at around 6pm as his partner, Joan Omaga, was in their hotel room, according to police.

Mr Wilmot drowned when he was pulled out to sea, say police

 

Locals pulled the Brit to shore and he was rushed to the Wilmot to Pantao Hospital in the nearby town, but he was pronounced dead shortly after.

Mr Wilmot had worked as a bus driver and had family living in Skegness, according to his Facebook page.

Police Staff Sergeant Romy Regalario, chief investigator of the case, Mr Wilmot arrived in the Philippines on July 2 and was due to leave on Monday.

He said: “David Wilmot had been coming to the Philippines at least once a year since 2011. He had been coming here for vacations.”

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Mr Wilmot had been visiting and staying at the home of his girlfriend, who was from Albay province.

The pair were listed on social media as being in a relationship together and Mr Wilmot had posted that he “loved her very much”.

They had been in a relationship for eight years, according to Mr Wilmot’s Facebook profile, and he had written that he hoped to one day marry Ms Omaga.

Friends paid tribute to to the Brit on social media.

Mr Wilmot’s death is not considered suspicious, say police

One of Ms Omaga’s relatives wrote: “I will always miss u dave.. I will never forget u… We love u so much.”

Police Staff Sergeant Regalario added: “The morgue is now in communication with the British consul for the process of returning his remains to England and informing the families.

“Officers are looking into what caused the tourist to drown but we do not believe it is suspicious.”

Storm Falcon had brought heavy wind, rain and flooding in the Philippines last week.

In Albay province, the country’s Office of Civil Defense (OCD) suspended school classes last Wednesday after moderate to heavy rains threatened to bring floods and landslides.

Mirror Online has contacted the Foreign Office for comment.



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