Friday, November 19, 2010

Mexico Resort Explosion Kills 7 People in Playa del Carmen: Video

An Explosion at the Grand Riviera Princess Resort in Playa del Carmen Mexico Has Killed Seven People, Including One Minor

Authorities have confirmed that five Canadians and two Mexicans were killed in the blast; the Canadians were tourists and the Mexicans were employees of the hotel.

According to the Globe and Mail, the identities of the five Canadians are:

Paul Charmont Christopher, 51John Charmont, 9Malcolm Johnson, 33Elgin AronDarlene Ferguson, 52

Malcolm Johnson was in Mexico for his wedding; his spouse survived the explosion.

Pete Travers, who is the program director of 570 News in Kitchener, Ontario, was actually staying at the resort at the time, and recorded the video uploaded here. 

About 15 people were injured, including two Americans.

Lawrence Cannon, the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, issued a statement on Sunday saying:

“Canadian officials in Ottawa and in Mexico continue to monitor the impact of the explosion and remain in close contact with Mexican authorities,” he said. “We are aware that a number of Canadians are staying at the Grand Riviera Princess and of reports of Canadian deaths and injuries. However, due to privacy considerations we can provide no further information at this time.”

The cause of the explosion is under investigation, but it is thought it was likely caused by a buildup of natural gas that somehow ignited.

Video from the scene on Mexico's east coast showed debris spilled into a grassy area in front of an area covered by thatched roofs where the restaurant presumably sits.

The explosion occurred around 9am local time and was centered in the lobby of the hotel.

View the original article here

No comments: