Thursday 29 December 2011

American tugboat captain beaten in Mexico dies

A resident of Bainbridge Island, Washington State, died Tuesday after being brutally beaten in the Gulf coast city of Tampico, Mexico.

Patrick Warga, a 46-year-old tugboat captain, was in Tampico, Mexico, for his job as a captain with Foss Maritime. After attending a Christmas Eve service at a church in port city with a shipmate, the two decided to spend the night at a hotel fearing it would be too dangerous to return to the shipyard after dark.

But Warga was robbed and attacked when he went out for a cup of tea the next morning. He was then flown to a hospital in San Diego Monday.

A 20-year-old man was arrested Dec. 27 in connection with the attack.

On the same Christmas morning that Warga was attacked, the Tamaulipas Attorney General's Office made a gruesome discovery near Tampico, finding 13 bodies inside an 18-wheeler.

Soldiers with the Mexican army made the discovery while out on patrol on the El Moralillo-Tampico highway on Christmas morning. Officials said the truck had Veracruz license plates prompting a multi-agency investigation.

No suspects have been publicly identified or arrested.

The discovery comes days after deadly passenger bus attacks in Veracruz.

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