This was anything but paradise.
The ocean water in the famed beach resort town of Acapulco in Mexico turned an ominous, putrid black after a plume of raw sewage flooded in last week.
The filthy discharge last Thursday was spotted in front of a hotel along a beach popular with tourists.
“It was very stinky and made me nauseous,” a witness who asked to remain anonymous told Reuters, adding that the discharge lasted about 25 minutes.
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After the video of the incident went viral, the Guerrero State Government, where Acapulco is located, said initial reports show that the discharge may have been related to a broken sewer line.
That sewer line potentially overflowed due to heavy rainfall that caused flooding in several Acapulco neighborhoods.
On Sunday, state environmental authorities announced an investigation and a formal complaint filed with Mexico’s federal environmental prosecutor.
The agency is asking that the discharge be treated as a federal crime, according to Reuters.
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Leaky sewage pipes that regularly send untreated waste into Acapulco Bay have long been a source of complaints, and Reuters on Tuesday said that another dark sewer leak was spotted at different beachfront hotel.
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Acapulco along the Pacific Coast coast has made a name for itself as one of the country’s most dangerous places to visit, even though it used to be a Hollywood vacation destination.