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Tourist died at Costa Rica's Zurquí mountain

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Published on Tuesday, May 21 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Red Cross found the body of a 33-year-old male surnamed Perez who died in the Zurquí Protected Wildlife Area.

The Zurquí mountain, located in the Central Volcanic Mountain Range, is well-known for the Zurquí Tunnel, which serves as the principal thoroughfare between San José and Limón provinces.

According to the rescuers' report, the man perished while hiking in the mountains with eleven others.

At press time, authorities stated it was a case of an entire group of missing tourists, but they had not released the identities or nationalities of the rest of these individuals.

The situation started in the early hours of Sunday when the Red Cross got an emergency call about a group of tourists getting lost on the mountain.

Apparently, after many hours of venturing over the mountain paths, and owing to the severe rains in the region, this group of tourists was unable to find the path that would lead them to the bottom area of the mountain and the main exit to reach Route 32.

The group, which included the tour guide who led them up the protected wild zone, was lost in the mountain from Sunday until they were rescued by Red Cross teams on Monday morning.

In the first search action, the rescuers found three people: two tourists and the tour guide.

Hours later, rescuers found the second group, which included seven surviving tourists and one who passed away.

A short video of the rescue operation was released by officers and can be seen on the Red Cross social media.

doctors, from the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ), took the man's body to the Judicial Morgue facilities located in Heredia.

Experts are investigating the case to determine the circumstances behind the man's death, they said.

As this is an ongoing investigation, the OIJ agents will maintain the confidentiality of all related information. Only relatives of the victim are authorized to request further details from the authorities.

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