A French traveler died in a Cancun hospital this week after being swept away by strong currents on a local beach.
The case is the latest shocking incident in a string of drownings in the Mexican Caribbean as authorities continue highlighting the importance of beach and swimming safety.
The victim, who has been identified as Magaly, a French tourist, nearly drowned on Monday evening after heading out for a swim in Playa Delfines, one of Cancun’s top-rated Blue-Flag beaches.
According to local media reports, strong currents suddenly swept the traveler deep into the sea, and the girl struggled to fight them as she attempted to swim back to shore.
At around 16:10 local time, a lifeguard sounded the alarm after passersby notified him of the drowning girl. The lifeguard then proceeded to rescue the victim, and she was quickly brought back to shore, apparently unconscious. Local paramedics rushed to the scene and attempted to resuscitate the girl, who had nearly drowned in a struggle to remain afloat.
Despite prompt action by first responders, the young traveler perished shortly after being rushed to Cancun’s La Joya Clinic, where doctors pronounced her dead. Magaly was administered CPR in several instances: first, at the beach and, later on, at the hospital.