Mata Chica Resort employee died from drowning
The post mortem results of fifty-seven year old Gregorio Cornejo reveal that he died from drowning. Cornejo has been employed at Mata Chica Resort on San Pedro Ambergris Caye for the last ten years. On Monday night, the staff of the resort held a staff party to celebrate the end of the tourist season which coincides with the seasonal closure of the resort. According to employees of Mata Chica, while on the resort’s pier, Oscar Barela allegedly punched Cornejo and he fell in the water. Cornejo had not learned to swim and ingested water and was said to be inebriated. He was still alive when he was fished from the sea and was reportedly regurgitating water on the pier. He was rushed four miles away to San Pedro town where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Barela has been detained but not yet charged.