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American teen swept out to sea, saved by passing police

Cancun, Q.R. – An American woman was rescued from swelling waters by elements of the Tourist Police.

The incident occurred Tuesday morning when 17-year-old Miriam Rivkiv of California was dragged out to sea by strong currents. Passing-by Tourist Police heard her cries for help and went in the water where they successfully pulled her to shore.

Paramedics and police officers arrived on scene to attended to her. She was taken to a hospital in the city for medical examination.

Ms. Rivkiv was swimming at the popular Playa Gaviota Azul at the head of the Cancun Hotel Zone. This vast span of public beach is extremely popular with both locals and tourists who stay at non-beach hotels. Lifeguard duties at Playa Gaviota begin at 9:00 a.m.