Newlywed nurses drowned while on Maldives honeymoon

A newly-married Filipino couple who were both nurses drowned on Sunday while on their honeymoon in Maldives.

Leomer and Erika Joyce Lagradilla tied the not in December 18, 2018 and left Manila for a honeymoon in a resort in Dhiffushi island Kaafu atoll in Maldives when the incident happened.

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said that on Sunday, January 13 the 29-year-old wife and her 30-year-old husband were snorkeling when they drowned.

Local news agency RaajjeMV reported that the then unidentified man drowned first, then the woman sought help.

“However, by the time someone had reached them on a dinghy, they were both motionless, afloat on the surface of the water,” the report read.

The DFA said it is currently in touch with the two victims’ next of kin and has assured them of its assistance in the repatriation of their remains.

Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato said the Philippine Embassy in Dhaka, which has jurisdiction over Maldives, has been instructed to coordinate with local authorities there and in making arrangements for the repatriation of their bodies.

Cato said local authorities are investigating the incident.

Family and close friends of the the nurse couple are seeking help in bringing their remains back home. The amount needed for them to be home is Php 634,000 each or Php 1,268,000 (or US$23,960) in total.

UPDATE: Family and friends have stopped the fundraising as DFA promised to shoulder expenses of repatriation.

Check out this GoGetFunding page on how to donate. (With reports from PNA | Photo from Facebook)

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