Cancun, Q.R. – A man and his two-year-old daughter died in a freak accident in Cancun last week when a boat they were in was clipped by another passenger boat, ejecting them into the sea.
Last week, 41-year-old Claudia Calderon Ramirez arrived in Cancun with her 41-year-old husband and two small children for a short vacation.
While there, they booked a “Seaview” sea tour via a glass-bottom boat. According to reports, the captain of Sea View was traveling at 22-knots when he clipped an oncoming vessel. The captain made a sharp turn that resulted in all his passengers being ejected into the sea. Witnesses say the accident occurred 2 or 3 kilometers from the entrance to Playa Linda, by the El Embarcadero pier.
Forensic Medical Services in Cancun determined that both father and daughter died from drowning. The boat’s passengers were not wearing life jackets, however, Article 36 of the Rules of Nautical Tourism states that the use of safety vests is required in all cases except in the vessels when their use is determined only as a measurement of risk prevention (as was the case of the vessel “Seaview”), which allows tourists to choose to use or not use life vests.
The state authority opened a preliminary investigation on charges of manslaughter against Miguel Angel Burgos Erosa, Sea View’s captain, however, they were still waiting for nautical authorities to hand over all documentation of the vessel.
Burgos Erosa was brought before a Cancun judge and charged with manslaughter. His bail has been set at two million peso, which was put up by both family members and the company that owns Sea View.
Officials from the Mexican Navy were on hand to provide full support to the affected families. Two other children were also injured in the accident as well as Claudia Calderon Ramirez, who suffered a 7-centimeter gash above her eyebrow. The family involved in the deaths were tourist from Tampico, Mexico.