Sunday 23rd September
A day at the beach for a bus load of Nicaraguans ended with another reminder that alcohol and swimming don’t mix.
A 19 year old volunteer firefighter from Masaya drowned today in the waters off San Juan del Sur when he went into the ocean, reportedly in a state of drunkenness, and drowned.
The victim was named as Harry Antonio López Martínez.
Reports say that López Martínez entered the water in front of the estuary, towards the north end of the beach. Witnesses say that he was caught by a wave and dragged out to sea.
The four friends that were with him (three in their twenties and one who was thirty), were all rescued and made it safely to shore.
The police investigation revealed that the group were visiting San Juan del Sur as part of a trip arranged through their work, a “Zona Franca” (factory) in the community of Niquinohomo. The victim was also a Corporal in the Masaya Volunteer Fire Department.
The group arrived on the Saturday afternoon and began partying. The next day, Sunday, the five friends decided to enter the water in a drunken state.
The lifeless body of Harry Antonio López Martínez was given up by the ocean that took him, some six hours after he was last seen in the water. The search for his body had included the Navy, local fishermen and private boat owners.
Fermín Rivera, aged 30 years, died as a result of a serious head injury when a truck collided with the motorcycle he was riding. The truck left the scene of the accident before the driver’s identity was known.
The accident occurred on Saturday 22nd of September at around 8:30pm on the hill known as La Cuesta on the main road into San Juan del Sur. A witness said that the victim, known by his nickname “Pin”, was hit by a truck that overtook him on the hill which caused the motorbike and rider to catapult. The deceased lived in the community of “El Rosario”, north of the City of Rivas.
Police are looking for the truck and driver.