Cozumel, Q.R. — A Brazilian tourist has died while on a snorkeling trip on the island of Cozumel.
The 79-year-old visitor to the region has been identified as Jorge Lucien Burlandy, who paramedics say likely suffered a heart attack while swimming. The accident happened at around noon Wednesday when Emergency 911 received the call.
CostaMed Cozumel paramedics were the first to arrive in the area of the Palancar Beach Club at Kilometer 19.5, in response to a drowning tourist.
The man, who was from Brazil, was removed from the water and transferred by boat to a nearby beach, but upon arrival, was already unconscious. Paramedics performed CPR, however, he was pronounced at the scene.
Roger Lucien, the victim’s son, said that they had all snorkeled for about 20 minutes, but when the captain of the ship told everyone to come to the surface, his father did not respond. They found him face down with his life vest.
The man was part of a tour group snorkeling on the Palancar Reef at Cozumel. He was vacationing with his family in Playa del Carmen.