Three people from the same family died on the morning of Sunday, July 27, drowned on the beaches of Coatzacoalcos, in the Mexican state of Veracruz, where they had come to see the sea and after making a promise to the Virgin.
Three others were rescued, and are hospitalized, thanks to the help of a state police officer and three undocumented immigrants of Honduran origin, as reported by the local press.
The deceased have been identified like Víctor Hernández Eugenio, 69 years old; Vicente Bautista Hernández, 30; and Cristo Bautista Hernández, 14 years old, originally from the municipality of Tizayuca, in the state of Hidalgo, and visiting Sayula de Alemán, from where they went to the nearby beach “to know the sea”, according to local media.
The family got into the water in an area without surveillance or signals about the state of the sea, and they were pulled by the current and submerged in a pool, according to these sources, which add that in that area there are no rescue towers or rescuers to help bathers.
“They all died,” lamented Hernández Eugenio’s wife, Isabela Basurto, who explained that they had made a promise to the Virgin of Guadalupe and “they brought the piece of paper.” “They said they were going to see the sea and look what they came to do”, added the woman.
“They do not know that our relatives, our father passed away, his nephews,” explained another relative, Lucía Basurto at the gates of the hospital where the injured are found.