An Argentinian tourist died in the Dominican Republic after allegedly stepping on a living thread while walking back from the beach.
Melina Caputa (17) received a deadly electric shock to her brothers and cousins last week as she walked barefoot to their hotel in Punta Cana.
Caputa had just climbed a set of metal stairs on a bridge when she came in contact with the bare wire, according to The sun.
Emergency teams rushed to the stage, but could not bring the teenager who was declared dead on the spot to life.
Preliminary research has shown that Caputa died of cardio-respiratory failure, although the teen's family is awaiting the outcome of an autopsy.
Melina Caputa, 17, died in the Dominican Republic last week after allegedly stepping on a live wire while walking barefoot from the beach to her hotel
The teenager was just swimming at the beach in Punta Cana (photo) before allegedly stepping on the live wire
Caputa and her family stayed in Be Live or Bayahibe – part of the hotel chain Globalia – who issued a statement that there is no live wiring on their premises.
After Caputa's death, her ruined brother, Leandro, went to Instagram to write an emotional post saying: & I saw you being born, I saw you growing up, I saw you fighting, I saw you crying , I saw you smile, I saw your dreams.
& # 39; I know you were a well-intentioned person, because you always fought for the defenseless, I apologize for the fact that I could no longer do to have you by my side & # 39 ;.
Allegedly he witnessed her horrible electrocution.
After Caputa's death, her ruined brother, Leandro, went to Instagram to share photos and an emotional tribute
Caputa's death is the latest in a long series of fatalities in recent months in the Dominican Republic.
The Caribbean nation is struggling in the wake of the many published deaths, with tourism falling 74%.
This year alone, 13 Americans have died in the Dominican Republic, while several other holiday makers claimed to have become inexplicably ill.
Francisco Javier Garcia, the country's tourism minister, is trying to assure visitors to the country that they are safe.
The nation's tourism minister, Francisco Javier Garcia, tries to assure visitors that they are safe while the number of tourists is falling
As multiple tourists die after consuming drinks in hotel mini bars, resorts across the country will be required to provide details about their food processing procedures and a list of information about all of their food and beverage suppliers.
Medical professionals in hotels will also be monitored, under a newly appointed Department of Tourism Services and Companies, said Garcia. With special attention to the qualifications of doctors, nurses, assistants and other personnel.
Swimming pools and other water facilities are also inspected to ensure that lifeguards are fully certified.
A final measure in the country will reinforce the requirement that emergency information be placed in every clearly visible place in every guest room. Hotel staff is also responsible for reviewing that information with guests as soon as they check in.
According to Garcia, about 2.7 million Americans visit the Dominican Republic every year.
The map above shows the number of American tourists in the Dominican Republic since June 2018
He said: “We have always worked hard to create a safe environment and will remain vigilant with extensive programs and standards that strengthen the well-being of the six million tourists who visit the Dominican Republic every year. & # 39;
Since June 2018, 13 Americans have died in various tragic incidents in the Dominican Republic.
Vittorio Caruso, 56, of Glen Cove, died on June 17 shortly after he reportedly drank something and became critically ill at the Boca Chica Resort in Santo Domingo.
& # 39; We found that he was taken to the hospital by ambulance in breathlessness after drinking something, & # 39 ;, said Lisa Maria Caruso, Caruso's sister-in-law.
Vittorio Caruso (left), 56, from Glen Cove, New York, died on June 17 at the Boca Chica Resort in Santo Domingo. Jerry Curran, 78, from Ohio, died in January while staying at the Dreams Resort in Punta Cana. Their mortality brings the total number of American holidaymakers who died in the Dominican Republic last year to 12
& # 39; We were told that he did not respond to medication that he received and died.
Donette Edge Cannon, 38, died four days after arriving at Sunscape Bávaro Beach in Punta Cana on May 14
& # 39; I honestly don't know exactly what happened because we were told conflicting stories from different people there.
In June it was learned that a retired police officer from Ohio became the 12th American vacationer who suddenly died in the Dominican Republic.
Jerry Curran, a 78-year-old who had served in the Bedford Police Department for 32 years before becoming a bailiff, died in January while staying at the Dreams Resort in Punta Cana.
Three days after he and his wife Janet arrived at the resort on January 22, Curran started vomiting and stopped responding. He underwent surgery but died hours later, WYKC reports.
"He went to the Dominican Republic in good health and just never came back," said daughter Kellie Brown.
Maryland couple Nathaniel Holmes (63) and Cynthia Ann Day (49) were found dead in their hotel room at the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana Resort in San Pedro de Macoris.
TIME LINE: The 13 American tourists who mysteriously died in the Dominican Republic last year
June 2018: Yvette Monique Sport, 51, from Glenside, Pennsylvania, dies after drinking from the minibar at a hotel in Bahia Principe in Punta Cana. Family said Sport had the drink, went to sleep and never woke up.
July 2018: David Harrison dies during his vacation at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana to celebrate his wedding anniversary. He woke up and struggled to breathe and covered with sweat. He died the same day. He visited the doctor before the trip, who had given him a clear health letter.
January 2019: Jerry Curran, a 78-year-old who had served in the Bedford Police Department for 32 years, died during his stay at the Dreams Resort in Punta Cana.
March 17, 2019: Jerome Jester Jr. from Forsyth, Georgia, died just a day after sightseeing in the Caribbean nation.
April 10, 2019: Robert Bell Wallace, 67, from California, fell ill almost immediately after drinking an alcoholic beverage from his minibar in the room at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort in Punta Cana. He died in the hospital on April 14.
May 14, 2019: Donette Edge Cannon, 38, from Queens died four days after arriving at Sunscape Bávaro beach in Punta Cana.
May 25, 2019: Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41, from Pennsylvannia, dies within hours of consuming a drink from a minibar at the island resort at the Bahia Principe Hotel in La Romana.
May 25, 2019: Cynthia Day, 49, and Nathaniel Holmes, 63, of Maryland, check in at the Bahia Principe Hotel, La Romana. They were found dead in their room on May 30.
June 10, 2019: Leyla Cox, 53, from Staten Island, New York, is found dead in her hotel room. Officials say she died of a heart attack, but her son says he is suspicious.
June 13, 2019: New Jersey man Joseph Allen, 55, is found dead in his hotel room at the Terra Linda hotel in Sosua. He was there to celebrate a friend's birthday.
June 17, 2019: Vittorio Caruso, 56, from Glen Cove, NY died at the Boca Chica Resort in Santo Domingo.
June 18, 2019: Louisiana wife Susan Simoneaux (59) from Louisiana died in New Orleans after being brought to the hospital with fluid in her lungs. Her death came a week after she returned from her honeymoon in the Dominican Republic.
& # 39; We express our sincere condolences to the family for their loss. Out of respect for the family in this difficult time, we have no additional information. & # 39;
Last month, the Donette Edge Cannon, 38, family from Queens revealed that she died four days after her arrival at Sunscape Bávaro Beach in Punta Cana on May 14.
Dominican authorities ruled that her cause of death was kidney failure.
& # 39; Their conclusion was kidney failure, but it never addressed what initially made her sick & # 39 ;, said her sister, Candace Edge Johnson, after her death.
The shocked family had not initially questioned the resort when Cannon fell ill.
& # 39; We were so traumatized that we didn't think about these things, & # 39; said Johnson. & # 39; I would have pursued the resort more about whether there was food poisoning and the decisions made about hospitals with dialysis and only their (lack of) urgency to warn people (for help).
Most families of those who died have shared that they are skeptical of Dominican officials.
The FBI is now helping to investigate mysterious death.
Carlos Suero, who works for the DR health ministry, said he has speculative reports like & # 39; hysteria & # 39; rejected and said that they are part of an attempt to undermine tourism on the island.
& # 39; It's all a hysteria against the Dominican Republic, to harm our tourism, this is a very competitive industry and we get millions of tourists, we are a popular destination. People focus on us. & # 39;
Authorities endeavoring to investigate death to the bottom investigate whether they have possibly been poisoned by bootleg liquor.
Officials in the Dominican Republic have insisted that the dead are all isolated incidents, but most victims apparently were healthy adults before their sudden death.
A number of them are known to have drunk from their hotel room minibar before they became extremely ill.
The other tourists who have died since June 2018 are: Joseph Allen, 55, David Harrison, 45, Robert Bell Wallace, 67, Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41; Set Nathaniel Edward Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Day, 49; Yvette Monique Sport, 51 and Leyla Cox, 53.
Three of them died in the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana, two in the Hard Rock in Punta Cana, one in Excellence Resorts in Punta Cana, one in the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville and one in the Terra Linda hotel.
Tourism Minister Francisco Javier García told reporters that autopsies for eight fatalities in the Dominican Republic show that tourists died of natural causes
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