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Cancun man drowns in lagoon after drinking, swimming

Cancun, Q.R. — A man who went swimming after ingesting alcoholic beverages has been found drowned in a lagoon in Cancun.

The body of the 39-year-old man was pulled from the water nearly five hours after he was reported missing. The man, along with friends, were drinking while swimming at the El Milagro lagoon in a colony of Cancun.

Friends say the man went swimming across the lagoon but not appear again. Area neighbors called 911 around 7:30 p.m. Personnel from Civil Protection and the Red Cross along with local fireman, began to search for the man.

The body of Rogelio Pérez was found late that night, after 50 minutes of searching by a team of two divers from the Mexican Association of Lifeguards.

Reports say that the small group of friends were drinking under the lagoon palapa and were taking turns swimming across the lagoon when one of them stop in the middle, unable to reach the bank. The others were unable to help since they too, had ingested alcoholic beverages.

The body has been transferred to the Forensic Medical Service (Semefo) for an official autopsy.