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Grupo Xcaret releases statement regarding death of 13-year-old boy in Xenses water park after father speaks out

Last updated on July 12, 2021

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — After the report of the death of a 13-year-old boy at an Xcaret water park last week, the company has made a statement saying they “regret the death.” Their statement came after numerous media across the country were alerted to the March 27 drowning death of a young Riviera Maya tourist when his father began to speak out.

According to Miguel Ángel Luna Calvo, father of the now-deceased boy, they were swimming inside an Xenses attraction in Riviera Maya when his son’s leg was sucked into an open filtration drain. With the help of others inside the attraction, they managed to free the boy and rush him to hospital where he died the following day.

“My son’s leg was sucked into the river’s filtration system. At that moment I pulled it out, removed the screen and took my son out. When the park staff arrived to provide help, I asked the staff for a respirator. I am a doctor. I am a cardiologist.”

“I gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Minutes later the ambulance arrived without oxygen, the staff has no notion of what first aid is. From there, we arrived at the Amerimed hospital…the next day, Sunday the 28th at 11:50 a.m., my son passed away,” he explained in an interview with Ya Es Noticia.

Dr. Miguel Ángel Luna Calvo said it took more than six hours to be handed his son’s body, saying hospital staff did not want to release him and that “they asked me to sign a pardon in favor of Xenses Park beforehand, which was highly conditioned by the legal advisors of Grupo Xcaret.”

“This cannot go unpunished because this can happen to another child. This is why Mexico does not change because injustices are never punished. What I am looking for is for someone to be responsible…my 13-year-old son died due to negligence of the park. If this is not made public, it will continue to happen,” he added.

Since then, Xenses has provided a brief unsigned, undated statement on letterhead saying that “it deeply regrets the death of 13-year-old Leonardo Luna Guerrero that occurred in the city of Playa del Carmen as a result of an accident in one of the rivers of the park.”

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