Three Texas tourists, including a married couple, drowned during a vacation to the Turks and Caicos Islands, authorities and reports said Tuesday.
The couple, Irma Barrera, 33, and her husband, Roy Perez, 38, were vacationing with their 15-year-old daughter and the third victim and his daughter, when disaster struck Monday on the island of Middle Caicos, according to police and KTRK-TV.
The group was exploring scenic Bambarra Beach when the adults got caught in a fast-moving tide fueled by strong winds, according to police and local reports.
Rescuers were able to pluck the girls from the water, saving them.
Shortly after the incident, Barrera’s body washed up ashore. Search crews scouring the beach found Perez a few hours later.
The body of the third man, who hasn’t been publicly identified, was recovered Tuesday morning with the help of the US Coast Guard.
Police Commissioner Trevor Botting told Agence France-Presse the incident was a “terrible tragedy.”
Family members of Barrera’s and Perez’s told KTRK-TV they were traveling to the Caribbean archipelago Wednesday to bring the couple’s daughter home and learn more about what happened.
The incident has prompted calls from locals for officials to put up warning signs on the islands’ often-deserted beaches.
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