Aussie tourist in­jured in El Nido

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A fe­male Aus­tralian tourist suf­fered a deep lac­er­a­tion on her right knee when she ac­ci­den­tally slipped and fell on Taraw Cliff in El Nido over the week­end. En­sign Har­vey Mar­mol, chief of the Coast Guard Sta­tion (CGS) in El Nido town, said late Sat­ur­day that 24-

year old Gabrielle Lau­ren Philips and 22-year old com­pan­ion, Kane Philips, trekked to the Taraw Cliff, a promon­tory in Si­tio Put­ing Bato, Barangay Buena Su- erte that prom­ises a great panoramic view of Bacuit Bay, on the morn­ing of Oc­to­ber 20. While climb­ing a nar­row as­cent, Philips re­port­edly lost her foot­ing, fell, and hit her right knee on a sharp stone edge. “Philips fell down due to the slip­pery sur­face of the cliff and suf­fered an in­jury on her right knee. Kane Philip im­me­di­ately in­formed the in­ci­dent to a cer­tain Lito Ele­mento who called for help,” Mar­mol told Palawan News. Philip was im­me­di­ately brought to the Palawan Med­i­cal City and re­leased in good con­di­tion be­fore lunch on the same day. Mar­mol pointed out that it was dif­fi­cult on the trail go­ing up the Taraw Cliff be­cause it was rain­ing on the morn­ing of that day. “Umu­lan kan­ina, baka isa ‘yan sa nag­ing cause [ng pagkadu­las],” said Mar­mol, adding they re­ceived the call to help in the res­cue around 9:20 a.m. The CGS-El Nido Quick Re­sponse Team (QRT) ar­rived in the area a few min­utes af­ter the call, with per­son­nel of the K9 Unit and El Nido Ma­rine En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Unit (MEPU). “Okay na rin, nasa mabut­ing kala­gayan na rin ang nasabing tur­ista. Ang prob­lema na lang is ‘yong natamo niyang in­jury,” Mar­mol said.

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