A mother and child spend Christmas in the middle of the sea after being swept away by flood
SURVIVAL STORY – A mother and child who were swept away by flood in Jimenez, Misamis Occidental spent Christmas in the sea of Andang, Kauswagan in Lanao del Norte.
Christelyn Lomo and her three-year-old child adrift in the middle of the sea. In order not to get hungry and thirsty, they ate live fish, papayas and coconut fruit.
After three nights at sea, the mother and daughter were spotted by fishermen searching for boats being swept away. According to the mother, she and her child were sleeping inside the house on Christmas Eve or December 24, while the other family members were outside.
Suddenly, a strong flood came and their house collapsed. “Nung natabunan na po kami ng bahay, yung anak ko po, pilit ko po siyang itinulak sa taas ba, para ma-save siya,” she said.
“Tapos ako, tumambak na sa akin lahat yung mga bubong, yung mabigat talaga sa aking katawan. Akala ko babawian na ako ng buhay noon, kasi ininom ko na po yung mga tubig, hanggang sa nakaahon ako,” she added.
The mother and child went straight to the sea. Fortunately, Christelyn was able to cling to a dilapidated raft. They were floating in the middle of the sea on Christmas Day. Finding food became a challenge for the two.
They were desperately looking for food until they found a papaya and a fish, which they ate while being alive. When her child started to look for something to drink, fortunately, she found a coconut fruit.
Christelyn felt scared when the raft they were riding in split. She was afraid they would drown. They even shaken when a snake joined them on their raft. The snake eventually fled.
It was on December 27 when fishermen found Chrystelin and her child. She learned that her husband was also swept away by the flood, but did not survive.
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