Falcon Lake – Mexican Pirates Shoot US Jet Skier Near Border

Falcon Lake is in the news again. Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez, Jr. tells Channel 5 News armed pirates shot at a McAllen couple on Falcon Lake this afternoon. The husband and wife were jet-skiing near Old Guerrero.

On their way back to shore, pirates in a boat pulled up next to them and started shooting at them. The husband was hit, possibly in the head. The woman tried to save him and ended up being at shot as well. She had to turn around and leave her husband in the water. She fears he’s dead.

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From The Christian Science Monitor

US authorities and outraged Texans are pondering a plan of action to deal with Mexican pirates after a US jet skier was shot Thursday and his fleeing wife chased onto the US side of a border lake.

The shooting on Falcon Lake, part of the Rio Grande watershed near Zapata, Texas, follows a months-long surge in attacks by drug-cartel-linked pirates on US boaters who have crossed into Mexican waters. It is the first instance in which an American has been hurt.

“Piracy on Falcon Lake is an incredible story, especially when Somali piracy has been so much in the news,” says Robert Chesney, a national security and terrorism expert at the University of Texas School of Law, in Austin. “It’s amazing to think that it’s actually happening on the Texas border.”

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From CBS News

A Texas sheriff has requested the help of Mexican authorities to find the body of American tourist David Michael Hartley, who was believed shot in the back of the head on Falcon Lake Thursday after being ambushed by armed boaters.

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department spokesman Mike Cox said Friday that authorities continued searching the U.S. side of the recreation spot, about 60 miles south of Laredo, for the 30-year-old man.

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