Three ocean incidents result in as many deaths

The Pacific waters have been dangerous for at least three persons visiting them in the month of February. So far, one Costa Rican drowned while swimming, an Englishman had a heart attack while snorkeling and an American returned to his residence after skin diving and died from breathing complications.

The Costa Rican, Giovanni Solano Obando, was 33 years old and vacationing with friends at Matapalo in Aquirre, Puntarenas, when he and two others companions were swept to sea by a wave Saturday evening, the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas in that sector reports. Two of the men were able to leave the ocean with help from others on the beach, but Solano drowned. His body was recovered shortly thereafter.

An Englishman identified by the Judicial Investigating Organization as Jonathan Fields also died from a water-related incident only a day earlier, Friday. Authorities say the man was snorkeling near Isla del Caño, about 15 miles off the Osa peninsula when he suffered a heart attack and died. He was transported by boat to a nearby hospital but could not be resuscitated. He was 74 years old, agents report.

Earlier this month, an American man, identified as 70-year-old John Rutledge, died Feb. 2 after SCUBA diving in Playas del Coco. He had returned to his residence after participating in the activity and began having difficulties breathing, according to Cruz Roja workers in Sardinal. A friend who was with Rutledge called for emergency help. Paramedics say when they arrived Rutledge could not breath so they transported him to the Sardinal clinic. He was dead upon arrival.

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