SUBIC BAY, Freeport -- Two foreign nationals allegedly drowned while scuba diving inside Subic Bay Freeport Sunday afternoon. Search and rescue operations are now being conducted by divers from different dive shops in Olongapo City and Subic with the help of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Harbor patrol and the Philippine Coast Guard for the two foreigners. Police have yet to issue a report on the incident but sources identified the two foreign nationals as Stephen Brittian, a retired US Navy who is currently a dive instructor at Johan’s beach resort and dive shop in Barangay Barretto, Olongapo City and a certain “Tin”, a Hong Kong national who was with Brittian during the dive. The two, according to a witness, were diving at the USS New York, a shipwreck site in Subic Bay, around 6 p.m. Sunday. The source said another diver (whom the he did not want to identify) was with the two but left them at the wreck site. “They might have been holed up at the engine room of the ship, which is the dangerous part of the shipwreck,” the source said.
“According to the diver, the two gave the hand signal before he went up alone in the boat, so he thought that Brittian and Tin were fine. He waited for the two to surface on the boat but after 30 minutes of waiting, he decided to report it to the authorities,” the source added. The owner of Johan’s beach resort and dive shop identified as Johan De Sadeleir, a Belgian national, declined to give any details of the incident. Retrieval operations are ongoing. (Anthony ayarong/Sunnex).
(Victor) I have seen now on one of the boards that they have retrieved both bodies. There may be an update somewhere in the media.] (This news report was sent to me by Victor Dufort. It was tragic news and I have, through a reliable source, been able to confirm that both bodies have been recovered. It was a sad accident and it is suspected that both men ran out of air which is a bit unusual. I am sure that further investigation into this terrible accident will continue)