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Jan 11, 1999

Tourist drowns off San Pedro

A tourist drowned yesterday afternoon near San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Police say forty year old Karen Perkins, from Los Angeles, California was on a diving trip to Tuffy Dive site, one mile from the caye. Perkins and her companions were supposed to dive to fifty feet, however, the other divers reported that when Perkins reached a depth of twenty feet she signaled for help because she was having an asthma attack. Perkins was immediately pulled back into the boat and was given CPR but it was too late. She was pronounced dead by Dr. Giovanni Solarzano after the body was taken to the dock.

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