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Canadian man drowns in Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste

March 4th, 2014 ( A Canadian man identified as Marceau Gaitán, 57, drowned yesterday in Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste, according to the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ).


The incident occurred sometime after 4pm.  Witnesses said they saw the man walking near the beach about an hour before his lifeless body washed ashore.


Locals said strong afternoon winds were causing rough waters and a strong tide at the time.


Gaitán was apparently on vacation and staying at a nearby hotel.

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  • Frank Castle

    I would hope that all major Costa Rican Pacific Coast beaches that are known to have ripe currents or tides are posted with at least a couple of large signs stating the danger in Spanish and English. It might just save lives. Hotels could hand out flyers stating the danger if they know that a guest is heading down to the beach that day too.

    • disgusted

      I have been too many beaches and the one this man drowned. I can tell you I have seen theses signs Playa Grande, Tamarindo, and many more. However, many see surfers in the water and think oh it must be okay. All beaches have their danger ……….beware.

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