Toll for week is 11 drowned and two reported missing

The Cruz Roja reported Sunday that 11 persons had died in water accidents over Semana Santa. And the search continues for a surfer who vanished at Playa Guiones at Nosara on the far Pacific coast.

The rescue agency reported increases in most forms of death last week when compared to the previous year.

Six murders and a suicide took place during the week and there appears to have been 13 deaths involving motor vehicles.

The Cruz Roja released its latest report at 5 p.m. Sunday. Traffic was reported moving steadily as Central Valley residents returned to their homes.

The Cruz Roja also said it was able to effect 102 rescues

Semana Santa saw unusually high seas on the Pacific. However, some of the drownings took place in rivers away from the shore
The missing surfer is Alvaro Durán Rivas, 39, who disappeared Friday evening at the popular surfing location. Alejandra Monge, a friend, said by email that his surfboard had not appeared giving those close to him hope that he was carried out to sea but still was alive.

The Cruz Roja, police and others mounted a major search that included Ministerio de Seguridad aircraft. Durán is the father of two children and was identified as a businessman.

Early Saturday the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas and the Policía Turística managed to locate the body of a Moravia resident identified as Gregory McKensy Mathews, 23. He died at Playa Potrero de Brasilito, Guanacaste.

Rescuers recovered the body Sunday of a 7-year-old Central Valley child in a river in Jacó. The child appears to have died Saturday. A man also was believed to have died in a Jacó water accident Sunday.

The Cruz Roja also reported searchers were seeking another adult who went missing on Playa Hermosa in the southern zone.

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