Rescuers Retrieve Body In Benguet Landslide

RETRIEVED. Emergency responders retrieve the body of Nestor Talangcag on Thursday (August 19, 2021) under tons of mud that buried him and his live-in partner on August 17 at Antamok River in Barangay Loacan, Itogon, Benguet. Rescuers have yet to find Talangcaq’s live-in partner. (Photo courtesy of Col. Elmer Ragay)

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CAMP DANGWA, La Trinidad, Benguet – Responders searching for the live-in couple in a landslide on Tuesday have retrieved a male cadaver Thursday afternoon.

Maj. Elpidio Pagoy of the Itogon Municipal Police Office, in a report, said Nestor Talangcag’s body was recovered at the landslide site in Antamok, Loacan, Itogon, Benguet.

The body of Morina Simeon Lintal, who was earlier identified as Maureen Talangcag, 57, on the other hand was recovered August 20 at 7:47 AM.

The soil erosion from the mountain beside the Antamok River happened past 10 a.m. on August 17 that buried the couple who were gold panning in the river with two other relatives.

Dante Tomi, brother of Nestor, who was at the site, said the couple hid beside a boulder when the erosion started while their 17-year-old son ran for safety.

A boulder covered with mud eventually buried the couple./PNA/PROCOR