Published On: Tue, Dec 22nd, 2015

Oklahoma tourist drowns in Cancun

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CANCUN — An American tourist from Oklahoma has drowned in Cancun, authorities reported Tuesday Dec. 22.

About 10:25 a.m. Tuesday, authorities received a report of a dead body on Gaviota Beach, located at kilometer 9.5 in Cancun’s hotel zone.

According to Cancun’s Municipal Secretary of Public Safety and Transit, the American tourist died from drowning in the resort’s beach area.

The dead man, identified as Luis N, 41, was staying in a local condominium along with his wife, Shana N, who requested help from authorities after realizing that her husband was dead.

An American tourist drowned Tuesday Dec. 22 in Cancun. (Photo:

An American tourist drowned Tuesday Dec. 22 in Cancun. (Photo:

The Forensic Medical Service (SEMEFO) arrived at the scene to pick up the body and later conduct an autopsy.


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  1. Ben says:

    To anyone going to Cancun, since maybe hurricane Wilma, the southern beach of Cancun seems quite different than before. At times, when the red flags are up there are very strong currents that will pull a person away from the shore, and parallel to the shore. I found this out the hard way, about five years ago. I ignored the red flags, went into the water, and swam around for probably less than one minute. When I went to put my feet down, I could not touch the bottom. So, I tried to swim in. To my horror, I could not swim in, because the current was pulling me out. In a panic I became to swim as hard as possible, towards the shore. (Imagine sprinting as hard as you possibly can, for just a minute, or two.) Eventually, my arms became so tired that I could barely lift them. Trying to lift my arms felt like trying to lift fifty pound weights, due to fatigue. That is when the real horror set in. How can you swim, if you cannot lift your arms? Suddenly, I understood why people drown. I realized that I – a presumably good swimmer – could become another statistic. No longer having power left to swim, I began to asses the situation. I realized that every thirty seconds a swell rolled through. I realized that the only chance I had was to try to catch the swells. So, I floated face first, and waited for a swell. With each swell, I used my arms to try to propel myself forwards, a little bit. Once the swell passed, I just floated. I did this over and over again, until I reached a point where I could touch the bottom. By trying to swim a few strokes with each swell, I was finally able to make my way to the shore. Upon coming out of the water, I was so overcome with exhaustion that I could not walk upright. I felt like collapsing. Afterwards, the muscles of my back, arms, shoulders, etc, were sore for several days. Here are the mistakes I made. A. I disregarded the red flags, in an area that now has horrible riptides. B. I was overconfident. C. I tried to swim directly back in to shore, whereas I should have swam parallel to the shore. D. I swam in panic mode, which is like sprinting all out for 400 meters, and then having nothing left for the “marathon”. E. I ignored signs of highly turbulent water. Since this happened, I have seen others die at the beach, in Cancun. And, I am pretty sure that others drowned for the same reasons that I almost drowned. Also, I do not believe that this was a problem, prior to Hurricane Wilma. But, since Wilma, the currents have changed quite a bit.

  2. Tom says:

    Luis was a loving father, husband and friend. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

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