By Nora Soriño
Iligan City Bureau Chief
Iligan City — A young man jumped from the bridge and into the swirling waters and came out alive, and unscathed.
The young man was later identified as Dale “Batong” Dimitiman, 23, single and resident of Purok Sunflower, Ditucalan barangay, this city.
According to Jerry Omandam, a guard of the area, said he saw young man walking along said bridge early morning of Thursday. All of a sudden, he saw the man climb over the railings and in a few seconds, jumped onto the waters below.
The waters of said bridge, to note come from Maria Cristina Falls mostly and Omandam said he was about 20 or 30 meters away from the man and he was shocked at the suddennness of such action.
Then he saw said young man sitting over a huge stone among the waters minutes later.
The City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council and the Philippine National Police were alerted.
A life jacket was then thrown by the team headed by Patrick Nuñez as they got to him on a boat. Dimitiman proved to be cooperative as he knew some members of the team as he too was once a volunteers of said organization and trained with them in the past.
Except for a bruise on the elbow of one hand, Batong was unscathed. The guard said the area is restricted but he couldn’t do anything much regarding the behavior of said man because of the distance.
Lading Dimitiman, grandmother of Batong when interviewed by media said that her grandson is a soft-spoken person and keeps mostly to himself. He is working as a construction helper, she said and is fond of computers.
On the early morning of said day, she said that she saw him drinking some coffee at around past 6:00, after which he was off somewhere outside the house and she was shocked later to hear that he had jumped from a bridge.
She said she had taken care of him since birth as the mother lives in another barangay, in Suarez, while the father, her son, lives in Bacolod, Lanao del Norte.
They do not have contact of both the parents and they are not married to each other, the grandmother said.
It was learned that the huge stones among the waters had prevented the young man from being swept away further by the waters. He was then taken by ambulance to a government hospital.