Texas teens describe chaos as Cancun boat went down

A post-graduation trip that promised fun in the sun turned into disaster Saturday for a group of 2008 South Grand Prairie High School graduates when their boat foundered in the waters off Cancun, leaving one of them gravely injured.

The tourist boat with about 120 aboard partially sank, stern down, under clear skies about 1 p.m. local time and was towed ashore. It was on a snorkeling cruise with no destination, a representative of the company that arranged the trip said Monday.

Quintana Roo state police Chief Luis Felipe Ortiz said Lisa Tam Chung, one of the graduates, suffered heart and lung failure after nearly drowning when the catamaran she was on sank between Cancun and Isla Mujeres. Ortiz said she has been declared brain dead and was being kept alive by a respirator.

John Cosme, 18, a member of the South Grand Prairie party, said in a telephone interview from Mexico that crew members did not wait for passengers to get into life jackets before beginning to leave the vessel themselves. Jay Wiggs said his son, Carson, 18, of Grand Prairie, told him that the crew left passengers -- perhaps 100 -- to fend for themselves.

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