MANILA, Philippines-A 54-year-old German tourist has died after scuba diving in the waters off Kalanggaman Island in Palompon, Leyte on Saturday.
The female German national was identified as Bettina Kohl Dummke.
She was scuba diving with her husband Karl-Erich and another guide named Rickniel Bautista Monteclar. The couple are said to be residents of 65428 Ruesselsheim Pommern St., Germany.
Initial reports said Dummke was already seen uncomfortable while removing her diving equipment after she surfaced from a 16-minute dive.
Dummke was rushed to a hospital in Daanbantayan, Cebu.
Dr. Feil Ybañez, a doctor at the municipal hospital, declared her dead on arrival.
Police are now investigating on the incident.
The diving gears used by Dumke were retrieved by the authorities for an examination to determine if there was a foul play involved, police said in a report from Sunstar.
They also requested for an autopsy.
The diving equipment is from a dive center in Malapascua Island in Cebu where the couple first came from before heading to Kalanggaman Island for about two-hour ride on board a rented banca.
Kalanggaman Island is known as one of the attractions in Leyte.