San Benito Teen Drowns On South Padre Island
POSTED: Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 10:18pm
UPDATED: Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 6:10pm
A teenager from San Benito on South Padre Island, it happened late this afternoon on the north end of the island.
A day at the beach turned deadly, for 17 year old, Matthew Cantu from San Benito.
Cameron County Constable Horacio Zamora says, the teen drowned in the rough waters, between Beach Access 5 and 6.
Beach-goers say, the Coast Guard, SPI police, and the fire and rescue beach patrol, did whatever it took to try and save the teen.
but unfortunately it was too late.
"The cause of death was drowning, and no autopsy has been ordered at this time."
Precinct One Constable, Horacio Zamora says, the teen was swimming with friends, they reported Cantu, missing in the surf around, 4 this afternoon.
Two hours later his body was recovered.
Surfer, Erasmo Gonzales says swimming in the ocean, can be dangerous.
"You always got to keep an eye on your friends and family, use the buddy system, you gotta have somebody watching everyone."
"Even though these waves don't look so bad, it's what lies beneath the undertow, which can be dangerous, even deadly, that's why it's always important to pay attention to this message on high."
"A lot of people don't see it, don't pay attention, don't look at it, because they're not worried."
Marlene Rodriguez says, she loves going to the beach, but doesn't always look for the red flag warning.
"There are a lot of waves today and there's a huge undertow, it just goes low and than high."
With many, coming out to have fun in the sun, Constable Zamora says, beach lovers need to know, their fun can quickly disappear.
"With the schools being out because of the swine flu, a lot of the kids are coming out to the beach and they need to be careful."
Earlier this week, a U.S. Customs Border Protection Officer also drowned on the island.