16-year-old missing after saving friend from drowning in a creek

MANILA, Philippines – A teenager saved his friend from drowning before he was swept away while they were swimming in a creek.

In an unfortunate accident, 16-year-old Kristan Bautista is still considered missing four days after he saved his friend in a flooded creek in Caloocan City. According to reports, the boys were enjoying a swim day at a creek last Saturday in Barangay 170, Caloocan City. Probably due to the heavy rain brought about by Tropical Depression Lannie, the creek got flooded.

16-year-old missing after saving friend from drowning in a creek

According to one of the witnesses, JC Bautista, a younger boy tried to stop Kristan from drowning but both went deep into the water. In an effort to save the younger boy, Kristan pushed the boy's knee towards a shallow part of the creek. His sacrifice saved his friend but might have also cost his life.

Kristan's mother, Feliza, is hoping that the body of his child will be recovered even if it has been four days since he went missing. She appealed for help to find his missing son.

"Sana makita na po, sana po may maawang tumulong po sa amin. Makita lang po ng personal yung bata kahit ano pong mangyari,” the mother said.

On Facebook, Leonila Buenafe also asked for prayers to find her missing nephew Kristan. He thanked the youth of their community for working hard to find the missing child.

"Thank you Father God sa proteksyon na ipinagkakaloob mo sa mga volunteers and coast guard rescuers na naghahanap sa katawan ng aming pamangkin na si Kristan Bautista. Sa kabila ng kanilang kabataan ay masigasig silang tumulong at magpursige na makita si "Balat." Kumakatok po ako sa inyong mga puso na tulungan nyo po kami manalangin upang makita na si Kristan.

I declare God's intervention para bukas sa kanilang paghahanap, and I claim it in Jesus name.By your grace for your glory , Lord!.GRACE GRACE TO IT!!!"

Meanwhile, the Barangay officials are now implementing stricter measures to keep the creek safe from the public. This isn't the first time that a person drowned in the creek. This is actually the second time in four years that it happened in the community.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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