Hurricane Newton leaves two dead in Mexico

2016-09-07 10:37
Ricardo Valenzuela, AFP

Ricardo Valenzuela, AFP

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La Paz - Hurricane Newton triggered a large swell off Mexico's Baja California peninsula that sank a shrimp fishing boat on Tuesday, leaving two people dead and three others missing, authorities said.

The two bodies were recovered on Las Barrancas beach near La Ribera and Cabo Pulmo, said Los Cabos civil protection director Marco Antonio Vazquez.

Despite warnings urging boaters not to head out to sea, "they didn't follow the safety instructions," Vazquez said, adding that the shipwreck occurred between the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean.

Authorities closed ports to small vessels since late on Monday due to Newton's strong winds and concerns storm surges.

A sailboat also sank but its two passengers were rescued.

Newton made landfall near the resort of Los Cabos before dawn, uprooting trees and breaking some windows but sparing the region of major damage, two years after powerful Hurricane Odile killed six and caused $1bn in damage.

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