Cancun hotel where crocodile attacked minor could be shut down


Club Med has 5 days to submit a report to Civil Protection, which will determine whether or not there will be sanctions

The Club Med hotel is due to submit a report to the municipal authorities in the coming days on the attack by a crocodile that cost a boy his leg in the hotel zone of Cancun last weekend.

Cocodrilo ataca a niño de seis años en la Zona Hotelera de Cancún | PorEsto

Antonio Riveroll Ribbon, director of Civil Protection of the municipality of Benito Juarez, explained that for the time being it is not planned to sanction the hotel, but a record was issued so that it can provide a report of what happened.

“On the issue of the hotel, on whether or not there will be a sanction, that day we leave you a record that you have five days to respond. Based on what they respond to, we’re going to know if there are sanctions or not.”

He pointed out that the document has to clarify how the accident occurred, as he indicated that there are several versions that have been handled.

One of them states that the minor jumped into a prohibited access area at a late hour, although the second version indicates that the hotel did not have sufficient security measures to avoid an accident.

“That’s why we have to wait for the hotel to give us a written report of what happened, and then we can do a check and see if it really complies or not with the prevention measures.”

Among the prevention measures that will be verified by the inspectors of the Municipal Civil Protection Directorate, are that the hotel has installed the corresponding signage to warn tourists, have measures that prevent crocodiles from accessing the facilities of the lodging centers and have protocols of action when an accident happens.

In case of corroborating that the hotel lacked sufficient protection elements on the day of the incident, the authorities would have to impose economic sanctions ranging from 3 Units of Measurement and Updating (UMA), which is equivalent to 268.86 pesos to 300, that is, 26 thousand 886 pesos.

However, in more serious cases, temporary closures are appropriate, he official added.

For its part, the Club Med hotel said in a statement that it collaborates with the authorities to guarantee the wildlife that is located in the Nichupté lagoon.

The hotel even said it warns guests and workers with signs of the importance of keeping a safe distance from the area’s wildlife.


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