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Mar De Fondo Kills Three

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Mar De Fondo

Huge waves due to the Mar de Fondo phenomenon have caused at least three deaths and major damage to hundreds of homes and businesses along the Pacific coastline of Mexico. The massive swell, which is thought to be as a result of a storm off New Zealand, resulted in alerts being issued from Jalisco to Chiapas and cautions in BCS.

The worst hit was the state of Guerrero, where waves as high as 10 meters were reported, damaging 535 homes and over 200 commercial structures in the Costa Grande and Costa Chica regions, according to information from Civil Protection officials.

In Acapulco two people disobeyed warning calls and went for a swim: one died and the second was injured. In a separate incident, a tourist was dragged away by strong currents and is still missing.

In Michoacán, a search is under way for a woman who was dragged under by a wave while walking on a beach in Caleta de Campos. A companion was rescued after being swept on to some rocks, but the woman disappeared.

A search is under way off Violin Beach in Huatulco, on the coast of Oaxaca, for a young man who went fishing in spite of warnings by authorities in the area that people stay out of the water. A general alert was issued for at least 70 Oaxaca municipalities where groundswell waves have reached heights of up to 10 meters.

Current forecasts predict continuing groundswell conditions in the next 36 hours, with waves of three to four meters expected to affect much of the Pacific coast.

Caution is urged around the beaches of Los Cabos during this period.

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