WATCH: Trapped motorist drowned to death inside his car in Pasig river

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Onlookers were unable to help a driver from drowning inside his car.

MAKATI, Philippines-- One is reported killed while one is left injured after a car plunged into Pasig river in Guadalupe Bliss at 5:30 a.m, Saturday.

The driver was identified as Jose Mari del Rosario, 27-year old while the surviving passenger is Robert Rullera; both employees of Manila Electric Co. (Meralco).

Authorities later identified the car--a Toyota Vios--as a Meralco service vehicle. Reports say that Rosario and his lone passenger is on their way back to their office in Pasig when the incident took place.

Barangay captain Rey Novela stated in a report from ABS-CBN news that the car was allegedly speeding along when the driver suddenly lost control, causing the car to swerve at a curved part of the road.

Novela immediately sought help from Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) while other barangay officials came to rescue the passenger just before the water filled the car. Unfortunately, onlookers were not able to rescue the drowning driver for the fear of being drowned also.

Within 45 minutes, help from the PCG arrived and they later discovered that Rosario's body was strapped in his seat. It remains unknown whether Rosario was killed from the impact or from the drowning.
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Meanwhile, concerned citizen David Bonifacio sent a footage to Top Gear Philippines showing the car which sinked gradually with the driver inside. Bonifacio wrote on Facebook:

Di ko na natulungan yung tao kahit na marunong ako lumangoy dahil kakagaling ko lang ng fracture, baka ako naman ang malunod. Walang nakatulong dahil konti lang ang tao kanina at wala pang marunong lumangoy. (Even if I can swim, I was not able to help because I am recovering from a fracture, I might laso drown. Nobody was able to help because there were few onlookers around yet nobody has the knowledge in swimming.)


SINKING CAR IN PASIG RIVER
From David Bonifacio: "This happened 5:30am at Guadalupe Bliss in Makati City (Pasig River). Di ko na natulungan yung tao kahit na marunong ako lumangoy dahil kakagaling ko lang ng fracture, baka ako naman ang malunod. Walang nakatulong dahil konti lang ang tao kanina at wala pang marunong lumangoy. Yung driver ay naka-seatbelt pa at nahilo siguro sa lakas ng impact sa pagbangga sa mga puno. Kaya hindi na nagawang makatakas. Ang daming tao kanina na may mga hearsay pero iilan lang kaming nakasaksi sa kwento ng nakaligtas na biktima (pasahero nung driver). Ang layo ng istorya nila."
Posted by TOP GEAR PHILIPPINES on Saturday, November 21, 2015

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