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Caribbean news briefs

PUERTO RICO: FBI agent drowns while trying to rescue swimmer
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) _ An FBI agent who tried to rescue a swimmer in distress has drowned at a beach in northeast Puerto Rico, authorities said Friday.
Daniel Knapp, a 43-year-old agent who was based in San Juan, drowned on Thursday at Hidden Beach in the coastal city of Fajardo, the FBI said in a statement.
Friends of the swimmer had asked Knapp for help, and he was able to reach the swimmer but was later overcome by rough ocean conditions, the FBI said.
Knapp was born in Loma Linda, California, and had been with the FBI for six years. He received the 2011 FBI Director's Award for Outstanding Criminal Investigation and the 2011 Attorney General's Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement.
Knapp is survived by his parents and four brothers. Some of his immediate family live in Las Vegas, where the body will be transferred for funeral arrangements.
Members of Puerto Rico's police maritime unit were able to save the unidentified swimmer.
The National Weather Service issued a high surf advisory on Thursday that remains in effect, warning of waves of up to 14 feet (4 meters).
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PUERTO RICO: Man charged with drunk driving after death of boy, 7
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) _ Police in Puerto Rico say an inebriated man drove his car into a neighborhood crowd of demonstrators, killing a 7-year-old boy and injuring an 11-year-old girl.
Police said 52-year-old Hector Carmona Couvertier was charged Friday with negligent homicide and drunken driving.
Authorities said he hit the group late Wednesday as they joined a neighborhood march urging people not to fire bullets into the air to celebrate the holidays. The incident occurred in the city of Bayamon, just southwest of San Juan.
Carmona is being held on a $1.1 million bond. It is unclear if he has an attorney.
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PUERTO RICO: US Coast Guard detains 5, seizes money, ammunition
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) _ The U.S. Coast Guard says it has detained five men who were aboard a boat near Puerto Rico with $190,000 in cash and 300 rounds of ammunition.
The agency said in a statement Friday that the unmarked boat was traveling northwest of the U.S. Caribbean territory when it was seized late Wednesday.
U.S. federal agencies say seizures of suspicious cash in Puerto Rico have increased this year as a result of what they believe is a jump in drug trafficking throughout the Caribbean.


Updated : 2021-05-16 07:03 GMT+08:00