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Tragedy in the Atuel river: a tourist died after falling into the water and being dragged by the current


The woman, a native of Buenos Aires, tripped and fell into the water while walking with a friend in an area with difficult access.

Rescuers found the body of a 63-year-old woman, a native of Buenos Aires,

who had fallen on Saturday afternoon into the waters of the Atuel River, in western Mendoza

, while on vacation with a friend.

 From the Malargüe departmental headquarters they confirmed to the Télam agency that during Sunday noon

they found the lifeless body of the woman

, who had been intensely searched during the previous hours. 

A call to 911 had alerted that the woman was walking on Saturday afternoon, around 5:00 p.m., together with a friend on the banks of the Atuel River towards the Barroso Camp, passing the Valley of Tears.

It is a few kilometers from the border with Chile, in an area well into the foothills. 


they were passing along the Atuel, both friends tried to cross the riverbed


However, in an oversight the two fell into the water.

One of them was able to escape and went out to look for help, but the other was dragged away by the current of water. 

The tourist who managed to get out (53 years old) asked for help from a person in the area, who was the one who notified the authorities.

According to information from the Ministry of Security, they only

became aware of the disappearance minutes before midnight

through a 911 call from the owner of a shelter that is near the abandoned hotel of the El Sosneado hot springs.

Dam containment of the Atuel River, one of the most visited points by tourists who come to Mendoza.

The police sources indicated that it was

about 77 kilometers of difficult access and that the works can only be carried out on foot

due to the complexity of the geography.

With nightfall, homework should have been postponed to Sunday. 

At 5 this Sunday, the search began with the participation of personnel from the Rural Police and the Gendarmerie,

firefighters and special forces, who continued until they found the body


Meanwhile, her friend was taken to Malargüe to check her health. 

According to the Mendoza newspaper El Sol, the victim was identified as Norma Bonano.

The proceedings of the event were carried out by the Malargüe Fiscal Office, which has jurisdiction in the area.

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Source: clarin

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