CANCUN, Mexico (AP) - Mexican police say they are investigating
whether a Cancun tourist boat was overloaded after it sank over the
weekend, leaving a Texas woman brain dead.
Quintana Roo state police chief, Luis Felipe Ortiz, says Lissa
Thang Chung of Dallas suffered heart and lung failure after nearly
drowning Saturday. The Catamaran she was on sank between Cancun and
Isla de Mujeres.
Ortiz says Chung was declared brain dead and was being kept
alive by a respirator today.
Her mother says her 18-year-old daughter was going on a
snorkeling trip on the "Sea Star" boat for her summer vacation.
A preliminary report by the port captain said the boat, owned by
Caribbean Carnival, appeared to be carrying 126 people. It is
authorized to carry 80.
Sea Star Captain Agustin Cituk denied it was overloaded, saying
the boat has the capacity to carry 250 people.
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