In a heartbreaking twist, Mori Caguay, a dedicated 30-year-old Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) officer and a father to an 8-year-old boy from Kalinga, faced a tragic turn during a routine Water Search and Rescue Training (WASAR) in Kawit, Cavite.
The Heartbreaking Incident
On November 16, 2023, during the WASAR training, Mori lost consciousness, leading to a desperate attempt by his colleagues to revive him. The incident, caught on video, has deeply impacted those who knew him. Despite their efforts, Mori fell into a coma and ultimately succumbed on the evening of November 20, 2023, leaving a void in the hearts of his family and colleagues.
Mori's family, including his 8-year-old son, is now seeking justice, wanting to understand the events that led to his untimely death. Their plea stems from Mori's strong desire to help his countrymen, especially during disasters, adding a layer of sadness to their quest for truth.
The PCG, represented by Rear Admiral Armando Balilo, took quick action by relieving about 10 personnel pending a comprehensive investigation. Balilo refrains from commenting until experts provide insights during the ongoing investigation.
Training Misconduct Allegations
Amid the grief, the family alleges intentional exhaustion during the training, suggesting potential misconduct by trainers. An anonymous colleague revealed that Mori had completed his task but was asked to return to the water, adding complexity to the investigation.
Medical findings indicating Mori's 'brain dead' status with blood in his brain highlight the severity of the incident. In response, the PCG suspended all ongoing WASAR courses nationwide, emphasizing a commitment to reviewing and enhancing safety protocols.
As the investigation unfolds, the PCG faces a crucial moment in addressing the circumstances surrounding Mori Caguay's tragic fate and broader safety concerns within their training programs.
In Mori's memory, his family's call for justice becomes a poignant reminder of the responsibility institutions bear in safeguarding the lives of those who serve. This chapter in the PCG's history serves as a call for change, transparency, and a renewed commitment to the safety of those who protect and serve.