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Hurricane makes landfall in Mexico; U.S. surfer 1 of 2 killed

| Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 9:18 p.m.

OAXACA, Mexico — Hurricane Barbara made landfall on Wednesday on Mexico's southern Pacific coast, the second-earliest landfall since reliable record-keeping began in 1966. At least two people were killed, including a man identified by local officials as a U.S. surfer.

The director of civil defense for Oaxaca state, Manuel Maza Sanchez, said a 61-year-old man from Colorado died while surfing at Playa Azul, a beach near the resort town of Puerto Escondido, as Barbara made landfall about 120 miles to the east. He said the man was dragged out by waves kicked up by Barbara and battered against the shore.

The man's name, nationality and hometown were not released.

Maza Sanchez said a 26-year-old Mexican man drowned in Pinotepa Nacional while crossing a rain-swollen creek.

— From wire reports

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