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Cancun swimmer ignores red flag warning, drowns

Cancun, Q.R. — A young man has died after ignoring the red flag warnings on one of Cancun’s popular swimming beaches.

The incident happened at Cancun’s Playa Delfines, a popular beach in the city’s Hotel Zone. Authorities say that three men, all in their 20s, ignored the red flag warnings placed in the sand along the beach and entered the swelling waters. One of them was quickly swept away by the strong waves while the other two made it back to shore.

Looking back, they realized the third man was drowning and ran for help, but by the time they arrived back to the location he had already been pulled out of the water, unconscious.

Local life support rescue services were unable to revive the young man who was reportedly on a holiday in Cancun from Mexico City with his friends.

Red flags are the most serious of all beach warnings as they warn swimmers of serious hazards in the water. A red flag means that the surf is high or there are dangerous currents, or both.

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