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Fallen Hero - Erick Jonathan Rascado Bonilla

While on duty as a lifeguard near the Rui Palace, 33-year-old Erick Bonilla, a graduate of Surflifesaving Del Sur, gave the ultimate sacrifice. During Hurricane Genevieve, Erick tried to rescue a 15-year-old girl in extremely dangerous conditions. Despite his training and heroic efforts, the conditions were too severe and neither he nor the girl survived.

A ceremony will be held to honor Erick on Wednesday, October 7th, at 10 A.M. at the Cabo San Lucas Fire Department. All are encouraged to attend. Please contact the Cabo San Lucas Fire Department with any questions. Donations will be accepted.

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Who We Are. . .

Surf Lifesaving del Sur is a non-profit organization founded by career lifeguards Jimmy Canale and Laine Pepper in 2004.  The dream of professional lifesaving services for the Baja Peninsula, one Jimmy and Laine have shared through 30 years of surfing its often treacherous coastline, became a reality with our first lifeguard academy in Cabo San Lucas in September of 2004. Twenty-five academies later, we have successfully trained and equipped a core group of lifeguards from the ranks of both Los Cabos Fire Departments, as well as members of the Red Cross, Navy, ZOFEMAT, Civil Defense and hundreds of hotel security personnel. In addition we have conducted four academies in Puerto Vallarta and the rural communities of Sayulita and San Pancho on the mainland. Critical lifesaving rescues have already been performed by graduates of these academies, realizing our dream of "one life saved".

As lifeguards, we feel that any preventable drowning is unacceptable, and continue conducting training and equipping lifesavers in Los Cabos through the dedication of our volunteers and the gracious commitment of the Cabo San Lucas Fire Department.

Surf Lifesaving del Sur's vision is to continue expanding the training and response of existing lifeguards, while elevating lifesaving personnel and equipment to the professional level, providing Los Cabos residents and visitors with an international standard in aquatic safety.  Through public education and information, we intend to further our impact in drowning prevention.  Ultimately, our efforts will be to create perpetual funding for lifesaving services in Los Cabos through aquatic programs, government and corporate sponsorship, and private donations.

 
   
 
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