Monday, January 23, 2012

Update: Canadian Severely Beaten in Mazatlan

Canadian citizen Sheila Nabb, 37, who was found beaten and lying in a pool of blood in an elevator in the Hotel Riu in Punta Cerritoson on Saturday (January 21), was reportedly on vacation with her husband, Andrew, at the time.

COMMENT: Family sources have indicated that Ms. Nabb is hospitalized in serious condition and has been placed in an induced coma. They also indicated that the family intended to medevac Nabb back to Canada in coming days, although her surgeon has recommended that she not be moved for several weeks.

It is still unknown as to who was responsible for the severe beating that Ms. Nabb sustained, although a CT scan has revealed some swelling to her brain. Nevertheless, most of the bones in her face have been broken and her jaw is wired closed.

Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade is fully supporting the Nabb Family, although few details have been shared with the media regarding the motive for the attack or possible suspects.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade currently advises Canadians traveling to Mexico to consider:

"Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada advises against non-essential travel to the border areas between Mexico and the United States, due to continuously high levels of violence linked to organized crime in those areas.

Canadians should avoid crossing Mexico’s northern border by land and should do so only if it is absolutely necessary, after making appropriate arrangements to ensure their personal safety. Shootouts, attacks, and illegal roadblocks may occur at any time. Criminals especially target SUVs and full-size pickup trucks for theft and carjacking along highways in the states of Nuevo León, Tamaulipas, Baja California, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Sonora, and Sinaloa.

Travellers should also avoid travelling by land to or through these border states and should do so only if it is absolutely necessary, and after making appropriate arrangements to ensure their personal safety."

For the Department's entire Mexico report see:

http://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/report_rapport-eng.asp?id=184000



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