The U.S. State Department has issued a warning for vacationers planning to travel to Mexico for the possible presence of “tainted” or “substandard” alcoholic beverages in tourist populated areas. This alert comes after the mysterious case of a 20-year-old girl from Pewaukee, Wisconsin who allegedly drowned while on vacation with her family in a Mexican resort in January.
Abigail Connor passed away after she was found unconscious in a pool at the all-inclusive Mexican resort Iberostar Hotel Paraíso del Mar hotel in Riviera Maya.
Her brother Austin Connor, 22, was also found unconscious and taken to a hospital along with his sister. He survived the incident and recently, he shared what he remembers from that day back in January. Austin recalled him and his sister taking shots at the pool bar with strangers, and then waking up in an ambulance, as he told the Journal Sentinel.
After the story of the Conner family was published, the Journal Sentinel reportedly received multiple allegations from more than three-dozen people who claim to have had similar experiences while vacationing in Mexico.
The State Department urges those who want to visit the neighboring southern country that if they plan to consume alcohol, “to do so in moderation, and to stop and seek medical attention if you begin to feel ill.” They added, “The safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas is one of our highest priorities.”
The department also advises that U.S. citizens reach out to their nearest embassy or consulate in Mexico should they experience any difficulties.
Hotel chain Iberostar released a statement to USA Today claiming that their company adheres to strict regulatory standards and added that they “only purchase sealed bottles (of alcohol) that satisfy all standards required by the designated regulatory authorities.”
Reporting by Mayra Mangal