Five pulled from surf at Manuel Antonio amid high seas

High seas continue to lash the Pacific beaches of Costa Rica, and five apparent tourists were trapped by the rip tides at Manuel Antonio Tuesday.

The Servico Nacional de Guardacostas was able to rescue all five, the agency said. The boats are patrolling off popular tourist beaches because of the abnormally high seas.

The security ministry said that one of those rescued was a Canadian with the name of Anthony Sawyer and that one was a U.S. citizen named David Forester. A Costa Rican, identified as Delmer Dixon Ulate also was rescued as were two persons whose nationalities were not available. High tide at Quepos today is at 4:04 a.m. and 4:21 p.m., said the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional.

Sections of Barrio el Carmen in Puntarenas Centro were flooded with a foot or more of water at high tide Tuesday. The national emergency commission has issued an alert through the weekend.

Other communities on the central and southern Pacific coast and on the west side of the Nicoya Peninsula also are facing high tides and choppy seas.

Safety officials have issued warnings against swimming when there is a possibility of rip tides that can pull a bather far out into the Pacific. That is why the coast guard is patrolling offshore.

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