Tourist family of four dies in water mishap

A family of vacationing North Americas, believed to be U.S. citizens, was swept away by a water surge Thursday afternoon. Three persons are dead, and searchers were to start early today to seek the body of the fourth person, a boy.

The four were believed in a pool of the Rio Negro, which flows through the Hacienda Guachipelín hotel and resort north of Liberia at the edge of the Parque Nacional Rincón de la Vieja. The hotel promotes its hot pools with water produced by the volcano.

Reports from the scene said that an unusually big slug of water containing debris swept over the family. The first person encountered by rescue workers was a man in his 30s, they said. Later the bodies of another man and a woman were located.

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