Authorities said five tourists from two families got into difficulties in the water off of Middle Caicos, Turks and Caicos in a tragic accident Monday, Aug. 5. Three members of the group died.

The couple, Irma Barrera, 33, and her husband, Roy Perez, 38, were visiting the Caribbean island with their 15-year-old daughter, their friend, Dr. Richard Okoloise, and his young daughter when disaster struck.

The group of five was exploring Bambarra Beach on the sparsely populated island of Middle Caicos when the adults got caught in a fast-moving tide fueled by strong winds.

The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force responding to a report of a drowning Monday rescued the two female minors from the water before discovering Barrera’s body washed ashore around 2 p.m.

Search crews scouring the beach found Perez a few hours later, while the third victim’s body was recovered on Tuesday with assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard.

Family and friends have set up a GoFundMe page to pay for funeral arrangements and other incident costs.

Family members are working to get the couple’s 15-year-old daughter back to the United States.

UPDATE – THREE DEATHS NOW CONFIRMED The search resumed after 6:00 a.m. today Tuesday, August 6, 2019, by Officers of…

Posted by Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force on Tuesday, August 6, 2019

 

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