Tour guide missing inside flooded Sagada cave

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  • A tour guide went missing inside a flooded cave in Sagada
  • The missing tour guide was one of 7 tour guides who explored a cave that is being eyed as additional attraction in the province
  • The mayor of Sagada suspended all caving activities due to the incident

A tour guide went missing inside one of the caves in Sagada in the Mountain Province after the water level in the cave rose following heavy rains experienced in the area Sunday afternoon, July 16.

The missing tour guide was identified as Roderick Malecdan. He was one of the seven tour guides who explored the Victoria Cave in Sitio Maduto, Barangay Ankileng in relation to the plan to include the cave as an additional tourist attraction in the province.

Four of the tour guides who were able to immediately go out of the flooded cave reported the incident to the police who launched a rescue operation. Two more tour guides were rescued around 6:35 p.m., but Malecdan remained missing.

Robert Pangod, Sagada Tourism officer, said the water level inside the Victoria cave had been high; making the search and rescue operation difficult.

Due to the incident, Sagada Mayor James Pooten ordered the suspension of all caving activities until further instructions, as per reports.