Fourth drowning prompts renewed cautions

Port Isabel-South Padre Press

The drowning death of a fourth person this year has prompted officials from the Cameron County Beach Patrol to reiterate calls for caution in the water.

The body of Mario Alberto Silva, a 17-year-old from Mission, was recovered near County Beach Access No. 5 one day after he was reported missing.

Silva, who reportedly did not know how to swim, was last seen recreating in the water with the aid of a boogie board. “He made it our farther than he should have ever gone,” said Cameron County Beach Patrol Chief Michael Johnson Wednesday.

Johnson speculated the teen may have become separated from his boogie board and panicked. Water conditions Thursday were relatively calm, he said.

“Do not go into the water if you do not know how to swim,” Johnson said emphatically, adding that the ocean’s waves, currents and uneven floor make it a poor place for beginner swimmers to practice their skills.

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