High school students from Corozal drown in the Macal River

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High School students drown (San Ignacio)

High School students drown
(San Ignacio)

Friday, April 4, 2014. PATRICK E. JONES Reporting: Two high school students drowned this afternoon in the Macal River in San Ignacio/Santa Elena town.

The deceased students of Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico in Corozal, have been identified as 16 year old Edgar Puk and 15 year old Anahli Zepeda.

The two students were part of a class trip to the Chechem Ha cave in Benque Viejo del Carmen.

Macal River Park (San Ignacio)

Macal River Park
(San Ignacio)

On the return journey to Corozal, the bus stopped in the vicinity of the Macal River Park.

And that was when some of the students decided to go for a swim.  Around 4 pm, tragedy struck.

Puk and Zepeda were carried away by the current in the river and disappeared under the water and did not resurface.

A group of tour guides, police officers and concerned residents retrieved Pook’s body within an hour and it was taken to the morgue at the San Ignacio Community Hospital.

The body of Zepeda was recovered about an hour later and also taken to the morgue.

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