Alamosa native, wife drown in Costa Rica

CASPER, Wyo.– Alamosa native Darren Mizokami, 48, and his wife Kimberly, 41, have reportedly drowned in an incident while vacationing in Costa Rica, according to K2 Radio in Casper where the couple currently resided. Few official details are available yet, but according to the website La Teja, the couple were visiting a popular waterfall in Belén de Nosarita Wednesday with a friend when Darren began to drown in a waterfall pool. Kim tried to swim to his rescue while the friend went for help, but Jim Batres, National Deputy Director of Risk Management for the Red Cross, said that when rescuers arrived the couple had drowned. One of the rescue party said the water was very cloudy and it was difficult to gauge the depth, which was close to 23 feet. According to “Costa Rica News Guanacaste”, the Red Cross received the alert at 11:35 a.m. Wednesday. The foreigners were staying in a hotel in Samara and decided to visit this place to enjoy the fresh water and the waterfall. A witness stated to local media that he received the alert from another tourist of last name Anderson that was with the victims at the time. Apparently the man, decided to jump in the waterhole unaware of the depth of the same (approximately 23 ft.), when the wife saw that he was in trouble she jumped in to try to help him, their friend went to get help but when she arrived back the couple had drowned. Reportedly, the couple arrived to the country along with Anderson, a family friend, on September 13 and had been visiting several tourist sites in the country, among them La Fortuna, San Carlos and Rincon de la Vieja and Tamarindo in Guanacaste.

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