A TOURIST couple has died in a Costa Rica waterfall pool after the worried wife jumped in to try to save her drowning hubby.
Darren Mizokami, 48, decided to jump into the pool of water at the El Salto de Belen waterfall in Nicoya, Guanacaste, around 11.30am on Wednesday — unaware that it was about 7 metres deep, the Costa Rica Star reported.
Kimberly Mizokami, 41, then jumped in to help him, while another tourist ran for help, according to the report. But when the tourist, and a local man named Alberto, returned, it was too late.
“We ran to the pool, but when we arrived, they were already dead,” he said in Spanish to the Costa Rican website La Teja. “The water was very cloudy, so you could not see the real depth of the pool.”
Darren served as acting supervisor of the Casper City Municipal Court while the permanent supervisor was out on medical leave — and Thursday would have been his 25th service anniversary, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.
He was also a part-time municipal worker and equipment operator.
The region of Nicoya. Picture: A TripAdvisor travellerSource:Supplied
“Darren’s experience in multiple divisions made him very effective for the city, which benefited the residents as well,” Casper officials said.
“However, it was his positive attitude and commitment to his duties, even during difficult situations, that helped him excel and lift up those around him.”
The couple, along with a family friend, has been visiting several tourist sites in the country, including La Fortuna, San Carlos and Rincon de la Vieja and Tamarindo in Guanacaste, the Costa Rica Star reported.
In 2015, a woman died at the same waterfall, La Nacion newspaper reported. And three people died in water-related accidents across the country last weekend, according to the report.
This story originally appeared on the NY Post and was republished with permission.
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