Three lakeside area resident expatriates were swallowed up by Lake Chapala’s treacherous waters after setting off on a sailing excursion Monday, May 18.
The tragic end to the outing became apparent late the following afternoon when the body of Zane William Bennett, 63, was discovered floating in the water about 80 meters offshore from the Chapala pier.
The fate of his companions, fellow Canadian John Danielkiewicz and U.S. citizen John Robin Champagne, remained unknown until mid-afternoon Thursday, after search and rescue parties recovered their remains at separate north shore locations.
Danielkiewicz was found by local fishermen nearly a kilometer away from the shoreline at Riberas del Pilar. Chamapagne was located about 300 meters from the waterfront in the vicinity of Alseseca on the western outskirts of Ajijic, not far from the spot where fishermen had spotted and retrieved their capsized vessel two days earlier.