Saturday, March 23, 2013

Costa Rica: US Tourist, 23, Falls from Rented Horse, Dies from Heart Attack in Guanacaste

US tourist Caiklen Meredith Debroca, 23, died Wednesday (March 20) after falling off a rented horse at Brasilito Beach in the northwestern province of Guanacaste, while riding with five friends and two guides.

According to police, Debroca lost control of the horse and fell, hitting her head on a gravel road

Although Sandra Germán, a physician at a local Brasilito clinic, said she examined Debroca, who was unconscious at the beach, ordered her transported to a local clinic where she suffered cardiac arrest 10 minutes later and died.

COMMENT: Our condolences and prayers go out to Ms. Debroca's family in the hope that they find closure and peace after this young life has been suddenly taken away from them.

An autopsy has been ordered to document the victim's cause of death and any facts that contributed to her death.

Unfortunately, the riding of rented horses in Costa Rica is a widely popular tourist attraction. The reality, though, is that horses are no different from jet-skis, motorcycles or motor-scooters, as all require training and knowledge before the fact.