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Man suffering asthma attack dies on way to hospital after ambulance fell into the sea

By Mason White 5:43 PM December 22, 2016
Ambulance (illustration) 

By: Tanya Malhotra
A public official died after the ambulance that was taking him to a hospital fell into the sea, according to police in the Philippines.

Cebu police said that Tayud barangay captain Felipe Lauron, 56, suffered fatal injuries when the ambulance that was taking him to the hospital, crashed into the sea.

The driver of the ambulance, 28-year-old Von Ryan Maranao, is in police custody on suspicion of reckless driving.

Also on board the ambulance during the crash was Junrel Paculanang, 29, nurse Edgar Ferrer, Jr., 23, and Lauron’s wife Elizabeth, 55.

According to the police investigation, Lauron suffered from chest pain and shortness of breath on Monday night, prompting Elizabeth to call for help.

Elizabeth told police that Maranao was driving the ambulance quickly when it fell into the sea near a seafood restaurant at around 11:00 p.m.

Elizabeth said that the driver escaped after the accident, leaving her, Lauron and the nurse in a dangerous situation. Neighbors who saw the incident, immediately called for help.

Another ambulance was dispatched to the scene, and they transported Lauron, Elizabeth and Ferrer to the Mendero Medical Center.

Elizabeth and Ferrer suffered minor injuries while Lauron was pronounced dead on arrival.