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New Bedford man swept away by floodwaters in Puerto Rico found dead

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — Alex DaLomba Tavares was having the time of his life while on vacation in Puerto Rico with his girlfriend.

 

But it quickly took a turn for the worse when the New Bedford man was swept away by rising floodwaters.

 

Tavares’ cousin Sandy Duarte told 12 News the couple was visiting the Gozalandia Waterfall in San Sebastian when he was caught off guard by the rapid storm surge.

 

"He tried so hard to hold on, but the water just took him away,” Duarte explained.

 

Tavares’ body was eventually found Friday on the banks of the Culebrinas River following an intensive two-day search.

 

Read more at wpri.com.

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