Man drowns in canal, may be Mexican National

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WINTERHAVEN, Calif. – A man is dead after he and three other people tried crossing the All-American canal Sunday night.

Imperial County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) officials say dive teams were able to find the body near Drop 2.

Authorities were alerted by one of the people who were with the drown victim when they saw him go under water.

Deputy Coroner Erik Frazier says the man is Hispanic between 20-30 years of age and may be a Mexican national. Frazier says their office is currently working with the Mexican Consulate’s Office. They have a tentative Identification that cannot release the name until his identity has been confirmed and the next of kin has been notified.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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