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Rescue teams search for missing tourist in Jacó waters

Update, Monday, 11:13 a.m.: The Tico Times attempted to clarify with the Red Cross the details of the “accident at sea,” and the Red Cross responded by saying only that they had received a report at 7:31 p.m. of “two people disappeared, possibly due to strong waves.” We will update this story as more information becomes available. 

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A North American tourist involved in an accident at sea at Jacó Beach, on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast, has gone missing, according to Red Cross Spokesman Freddy Román.

The National Air Vigilance Service, the Coast Guard and the Red Cross launched a rescue operation by air, sea and land to find the missing man, who is approximately 30 years old. Rescue workers are using a speedboat and a jetski to perform the search at sea.

The tourist was involved in an accident on Saturday with another North American man, who is approximately 26 years old and was rescued yesterday and urgently transported to a medical center, Román stated.

The University of  Costa Rica’s Ocean Sciences and Limnology Research Center had warned that there would be strong waves this weekend, mostly in the northern Pacific Guanacaste area, with conditions worsening next week in the country’s Central and South Pacific, in Puntarenas, the Caribbean coast, and even off Isla del Coco, in the Pacific Ocean, where navigation could be dangerous, the daily La Nación reported on Friday.

The body of another tourist who disappeared in Jacó waters, a 34-year-old man from Los Angeles, California, was found on May 15 two miles off the coast of the popular tourist destination.




Contact Gabriela Diaz at gdiaz@ticotimes.net6

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Are there any updates for his friends at home? Please

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Cristina Evans

The men swam into the water around sunset and were caught in the riptide. One man was able to swim into shore, another was saved by an expat who ran into the water and used his paddle board to transport the drowning man to shore, the other man one unable to be located in the dark, rough seas. The policemen stood by and watched. No coast guard or emergency procedures were employed. It was a valiant effort on the part of the other tourists but a pathetic one by the emergency responders.

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I agree with Lauren. This is a premature announcement. It would be nice to know what accident occurred.

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Lauren Cleaver

Sorry to say, but this is a really weak article. Was it a surfing accident, a boating accident? Any real facts?

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