Accidents/Drownings / Weekend News

Mexican drowns while swimming across the Rio Hondo

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter

A Mexican national drowned on Saturday while swimming across the Rio Hondo River that divides Belize and Mexico.

Juan de Dios Martinez, 38, who was living in San Roman Village, Orange Walk, tried to swim across the river at around 2:00 p.m., after socialising and decided to swim across the river, but went under the water and did not re-surface.

Martinez’ body was retrieved later Saturday evening transported to the Northern Regional Morgue.

The Río Hondo, is approximately 93.2 miles in length, and discharges into the Chetumal Bay on the Caribbean Sea.

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