Acapulco, Q.R. — Two people died Saturday in the coastal state of Guerrero due to the passing of Hurricane Enrique. Although the state’s beaches are off-limits, several locals attempted the beaches anyway.
Ignoring red flags, at least six people were known to swim in the rough seas on Saturday, two of whom, drowned. The accidents were reported in separate incidences. Guerrero State Civil Protection reported that in one case, a couple went swimming Pie de la Cuesta, a beach area west of the Port of Acapulco.
While the woman was pulled safely from the waters by lifeguards, the man was not. His body was located several hours later.
Also on Saturday morning, four other people attempted to swim at the same beach. All four required rescuing by lifeguards, however, when they returned to shore, one was found without vital signs. He was treated by medical personnel who arrived only to pronounce his death.
During the weekend passing of the storm, Guerrero state authorities reported 187 damaged homes, 140 fallen trees and 27 road collapses. On Sunday, Hurricane Enrique maintained its Category 1 status as it continued parallel with the southwest coast of Mexico.
A hurricane watch was put into effect as Enrique passed the states of Guerrero and Jalisco. A tropical storm alert for the Mexican coastline stretching from Zihuatanejo, Guerrero to Cabo Corrientes, Jalisco remains as the storm is expected to produce heavy rainfall in Nayarit, Jalisco and Sinaloa and it heads for Baja California Sur.
Authorities report that waves along the coasts could reach 7 meters in height. As of Monday morning, Hurricane Enrique, the first hurricane in Mexican waters this year, was located 95 kilometers southeast of Cabo Corrientes.