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CDMX Prosecutor’s Office opens investigation after worker drowns in Inbursa Aquarium

Mexico City, Mexico — A 27-year-old woman, who was an employee of the Inbursa Aquarium, died after experiencing problems while inside the tank. The woman, Montserrat N, a certified diver, was inside the aquarium tank working at the time of the accident.

She was apparently performing a “daily immersion maneuver” in the tank around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday when others saw she was having trouble resurfacing. She was removed from the tank and rushed to hospital where she later died.

In a statement Thursday, the company said “upon noticing that Monserrat had difficulty coming to the surface, the emergency protocol was immediately activated: personnel trained for said maneuver intervened in collaboration with emergency medical services.

“After receiving first aid from the advanced pre-hospital services, she was transferred to the hospital to receive medical care. Despite the efforts of the medical team, Monserrat unfortunately lost her life. We continue to collaborate with the authorities.”

The Attorney General’s Office of Mexico City reported that it has already started an investigation for the probable commission of the crime of manslaughter. The Public Ministry was notified by hospital personnel about the accident and subsequent death within the aquarium facilities.

“The social representative requested access to the aquarium and ordered the intervention of personnel from the General Coordination of Forensic Investigation and Expert Services specialized in criminalistics, photography, chemistry, architecture and civil engineering.”

Authorities stated that on-site inspections, interviews and witness searches have already been carried out. In addition, the surveillance cameras have been reviewed in order to clarify what happened.