Canadian SCUBA Diver dies in Cenote. Diving alone?
He was identified as 52 year old Bernaid Rieds. The Yucatn peninsula is world-famous for its cenotes (see-note-ees) – water-filled sinkholes or pits. Last April three people died while diving Cenote Chac Mool, near Playa del Carmen.
In less than 10 months popular Riviera Maya sinkholes have claimed four lives
He was identified as 52 year old Bernaid Rieds.
No hometown was listed by Spanish press sources.
The Yucatn peninsula is world-famous for its cenotes (see-note-ees) – water-filled sinkholes or pits.
They’re a part of the natural landscape, and a major tourist attraction.
But they are not without risks.
Last April three people died while diving Cenote Chac Mool, near Playa del Carmen.
The victims were a Brazilian husband and wife team and their Spanish guide, who was a certified master diver.
They may have gotten lost in the cenote and run out of oxygen.
One local paper called it a case bordering on “criminal negligence.”
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Sources say that Rieds was a “professional diver.”
He arrived at the cenote about 11:00 a.m., alone, and registered.
Personnel said the cenote is for expert divers.
They described it as a small, difficult-to-navigate cave, with confined spaces.
Rieds was carrying two oxygen tanks, one a reserve.
When he didn’t surface by the time cenote staff expected him to, they asked other divers to check for him.
A search was launched, and about an hour later Rieds’ body was discovered within 700 meters of the exit point.