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UPDATED: Filipina in ICU after near-drowning incident in swimming pool

21 September 2020

By Daisy CL Mandap

Onera is an avid swimmer, so her family is puzzled why she was found drowning in the pool

A Filipina domestic worker who is known to be a strong swimmer is in intensive care at United Christian Hospital after being rescued from drowning in the pool at Laguna City in Lam Tin, Kwun Tong yesterday afternoon, Sept 20.

The Filipina has been identified as Andrelyn P. Onera, 28, from Dingle, Iloilo.

A police spokeswoman said the case was classified as drowning. No suspicious circumstances were found.

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According to the spokeswoman, the Filipina was rescued by lifeguards at the pool and was rushed to hospital in an unconscious state.

Her family members and friends have been told she is in critical condition. A sibling said after conferring with a doctor in Hong Kong that Andrelyn is now on life support.

Her townmate and fellow FDW Merly T. Bunda told The SUN that Onera’s mother Marilyn had relayed information to her from Iloilo. The Onera family has reportedly been in touch with the Consulate on the case.

Reports reaching Marilyn and her family indicated there were no signs of a concussion or fractures in her daughter’s body.


This appears to contradict Facebook accounts by some of Andrelyn’s friends that the patient slipped in the swimming pool and hit her head on the ground.

Videos uploaded by Andrelyn herself on Facebook show she’s a competent swimmer, which makes her being found unconscious in the pool puzzling.


Bunda said the Onera family was told Andrelyn had spent Sunday morning resting in her room and eating lunch as it was raining hard outside.

She went out briefly in the afternoon, and on returning home, reportedly asked permission to go to their estate’s clubhouse to swim, and her employer lent her an access card to the facility.

The next thing they knew, she was reported to have been rescued from near-drowning in the pool.

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Bunda said the Onera family told her that Andrelyn, who is a single mother to a boy who’s turning 12 this month, does not suffer from any ailment, except for an occasional bout with sinusitis.

She has been with her present employer for the past eight months, although she reportedly started working in Hong Kong in 2015.


Her family has been assured by Consul General Raly Tejada that the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is ready to assist them if they need it.

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