Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Boating Accident Victim Dies in Hospital

I am sad to report that Lisa Chung has been taken off life support and has died in hospital. My thoughts go out to her family and friends. The eighteen year old high school graduate was the victim of an accident on board the Sea Star catamaran while on a snorkeling trip in Cancun.

The young woman's family have contacted me and asked me to help locate a man who tried to help her. If anyone has any information on another passenger who helped pull Lisa from the water, please contact me and I will connect you to her family. One of Lisa's friends recalls a young African American man wearing blue swim trunks being there and assisting, if you think you may know him, please let us know. Click on my profile to get the address.



Anonymous said...

God bless Lisa, her family and anyone who tried to help.

Fned said...

My heart and prayers go out to the Wong family.

I also want to tell you how much I admire all that you are doing for the family and victims of this tragic accident. It's not always easy to be a "correspondent" and stay on top of things when you also have a life going on. You are truly an amazing woman and I'm sure the people who have been affected by this greatly appreciate all that you are doing.


Anonymous said...

I could never eloquently put into words, how valuable a resource you blog has been. Sunday night your blog was the only information about the accident we could even find. At the time the only reports were in Spanish and you have been of invaluable help. The information we were getting through you was vastly different from what Lisa's classmates had been told about her condition. They were being told that Lisa was stable, breathing on her own but just unconscious.

Countless things could been handled differently that WOULD HAVE kept Lisa here on this earth. But all we can do from here is get a clear and accurate understanding of the events so that this and similar situations can best be avoided; industry-wide and worldwide.

For those fortunate enough to have come in contact with her, we can reflect and enjoy the pleasure it was to have known Lisa Tam Chung. Lastly, everyone should be sure to free themselves of any grudges, animus, or spilled milk. Never hesitate to tell the important people in you lives how much you care about and love them.

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Anonymous said...

How sad. Bless you for what you are doing to help Lisa’s family.

Anonymous said...

You are an extremely kind person. Helping the family and friends in their time of sadness. These things happen so often. People like you make this a better world.
May Lisa rest in peace.
KW from Michigan

Anonymous said...

The person who tried to perform cpr and tried to save her was indeed a lifeguard from Dreams Resort and Spa. Was it a heavyset guy? I went sightseeing that day and i didnt hear of it till the next day. It so happens the lifeguard told me of the story and showed me the newspaper

Islaholic Trixie said...

My heart goes out to Lisa's family and friends at this difficult time.
As Jackie said, bless you for helping all the families through this difficult time by correspondance.

Islagringo said...

How sad and tragic. And truly despicable if the crew really did abandon the boat. What you have done (are doing) to keep people and the family informed is truly a sign of what a great person you are. I vividly remember how you stepped up to the plate and took over for me when I could not handle Andee's death last January. Sending a giant hug your way this morning!

Laura said...

What a horrible tragedy.
My deepest sympathies to Lisa's family and friends.

Any many thanks to Cancun Canuck for all you do here on your blog, bless you.

CancunCanuck said...

Michele- I echo your sentiments. Peace.

fned- This became a much bigger, more emotional experience than I expected when I first reported the news. I wish it hadn't turned out the way it has, but I am happy to be able to help in whatever small way I can.

Marque- Thank you for the links and your comment. Good advice for everyone and a very healthy way to deal with a tragedy. I sincerely hope that some positive change can come about, it is too bad that something so devastating had to happen. I wish you and everyone involved peace and health, come together to overcome this.

Jackie- I wish I could do more, for now it's sharing and consolidating all the information that is out there.

KW- Those are very kind words, thank you.

Ryan C- Thank you for the information, I have forwarded it to Lisa's family along with contact information for Dreams Resort. Watching the video again, it appears that his shorts do resemble the uniform of the Dreams outdoor staff so it sounds like a good lead, thanks again.

Trixie- Thanks amiga, peace be with you as well. Hold your family tight today.

Wayne- Bless you for the kind words. I don't feel like I am doing much, but it is nice to know that it has been of at least a little bit of help. (And I was quite happy to help you out in your difficult time as well).

Laura- Thank you, hopefully I won't have to report on such a tragedy again but I do hope I can make some difference in the future.

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