WATCH: 12-year-old Boy Drowns After Friends Pressure Him to Jump into River

MANILA, Philippines- A 12-year-old boy from the Philippines died after drowning in Pasig River in the country’s capital, Manila.

Jhayron Malayao was with four of his friends when the unfortunate incident happened on Thursday, February 18 at around 5pm along Jones Bridge in Pasig river. In a video posted by netizen Bartome Hadikain, the boys were seen urging each other to jump into the river from a high bridge.

Each of the four boys jumped from the bridge while Malayao, who seemed afraid to take the plunge, hesitated to follow them. He was even seen transferring to a lower part of the bridge.

Although fear enveloped Malayao, he still decided to jump into the deep waters of Pasig river due to peer pressure. Sadly, Malayao, who appeared unable to swim, drowned and totally disappeared after jumping.

Aksyon News confirmed that Malayao indeed died from drowning. His dead body was found by employees of Manila International Container Terminal floating along Pasig river in Tondo area in Manila at about 5am on Friday, February 19.

The video of the incident has gone viral amassing over 1 million views and 15,000 shares as of press time.

Watch the video below.

happened yesterday at around 1700H at jones bridge..hanggang ngayon di pa din nakikita ang katawan nang bata na naka blue ang short after tumalon sa ilog..

Posted by Bartome Hadikain on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

What is Drowning?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death across the world. It accounts for 7% of all injury-related deaths. Annually, there is an estimated 372,000 deaths caused by drowning worldwide.

Drowning refers to the process of experiencing respiratory impairment from submersion and immersion in liquid. This may result to death.

Males have higher risk for drowning and are more likely to be hospitalized compared to females for non-fatal drowning. Based on studies,men are at higher risk for drowning due to riskier behaviour and increased exposure to water.