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Sagada caves closed indefinitely after teenager dies inside Crystal Cave

  • Sagada authorities closed the town’s popular caves after a boy died inside one of the caves
  • A local teen boy fell while playing inside the Crystal Cave
  • Rescue teams managed to bring the boy out of the cave, but did not reach the hospital alive

Local authorities in Sagada, Mountain Province decided to close the famous Sumaguing, Lumiang and Crystal caves after a 15-year-old boy died when he fell while playing inside one of the caves. Only the Balangagan cave remains open to tourists.

The boy, identified as Rael Aglolo Gambican and a Grade 8 student at Balugan National High School in Sagada town, fell to his death while playing inside the Crystal Cave on Monday, April 3. Rescue teams and personnel from the Sagada Municipal Police Station managed to bring the boy out and rush him to a hospital. He was brought to Saint Theodore’s Hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival.

As per a Sun Star story dated April 4, 2017, Sagada Tourism officer Robert Pangod claimed the boy, who was a local resident, used the back entrance of the cave, an entry point not used by tourists.

The caves shall remain closed to tourists until local officials decide otherwise.