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Two elderly Americans drown

By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor

Two elderly Americans died from drowning in southern Belize this weekend, according to police reports.

Police say they were alerted sometime around 6:00 Saturday morning of a body on the northern side of Hopkins village. When they responded, police saw the corpse of a man floating face down in the sea near the beachside.

The man was identified as Paul Panarese, 67, an American national, who reportedly left around 6:45 the evening before, went en route to Kismet Inn after socialising for about an hour. Police say there were no signs of violence on the body, but that a post mortem examination is scheduled.

The other drowning was reported sometime after 1:00 Saturday afternoon near Naia Resort in Placencia.

When police arrived, they saw the body of Robert Lotz, 68, a retired American who was on vacation, floating in the sea.

Police say Lotz reportedly went kayaking around 10:00 in the morningon and did not return.

His body also showed no signs of violence but a post mortem examination is scheduled to be performed.

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