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Young man drowns in Playas del Coco

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Bystanders watch on as searchers look for Ricardo Montoya Espinoza, 24. (Photo: Matthew McDermott for

January 6th, 2014 ( Ricardo Montoya Espinoza, 24 drowned in Playas del Coco, Guanacaste on Saturday.  Montoya was a resident of Cartago.


The man and a 15-year-old boy had entered the water to wash sand from their shorts at around 5:30 pm, when a strong current combined with a rising tide quickly overcame the pair.


Other tourists on the beach were able to rescue the teen, but Montoya had disappeared.


Searchers later recovered Montoya’s body several meters offshore at around 8:30 pm.


In December, a total of 10 people were killed in water-related accidents at beaches, rivers, or lakes in the country – three of them minors.

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