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A Texas man dies and a woman is injured by electrocution in a hot tub at a resort in Mexico

A Texas man died and a woman was injured when they were electrocuted in a hot tub at a resort in northwestern Mexico, officials and local media said Wednesday.

The 43-year-old man was in a jacuzzi with a 35-year-old woman when both were shocked by an “electrical discharge,” the Sonora state attorney general’s office said in a statement. The incident took place around 8:30 pm on Tuesday at a complex of private apartments in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, officials said.

The couple — identified by CBS affiliate KDBC as Jorge Guillen and Lizette Zambrano of El Paso — were both in a jacuzzi at the Sonoran Sea Resort when they were electrocuted, the station reported. KDBC and local media posted a video of the aftermath of the incident, showing people, some screaming, huddled around a hot tub as someone tries to perform chest compressions on a person lying on the ground.

Relatives of the couple said Zambrano was in critical condition, according to KDBC.

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A GoFundMe launched for the couple had raised more than $21,000 as of Thursday morning.

“Jorge had a heart of gold and was always there for family and friends,” the GoFundMe says. “The love they shared was one for centuries.”

Jorge Guillen and Lizette Zambrano


A witness told investigators at the scene that she tried to enter the jacuzzi after noticing the couple was unresponsive, El Paso-based KTSM reported, but when she tried to enter the tub she was shocked so she called for help.

Investigators will try to “determine the cause of the electrical disturbance,” the attorney general’s office said, adding that it would release more information later.

According to its website, the Sonoran Sea Resort has three beachfront pools, as well as jacuzzis for families and adults. It is about a four-hour drive from Phoenix, Arizona.

Last June, a man died after an apparent electrocution while repairing a hot tub at a fitness center in Phoenix.

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