Hurricane Odile: British woman found dead off Mexico coast

Winds blow palm trees on the beach in Los Cabos, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. Image copyright AP
Image caption Hurricane Odile struck the Mexican coast last Sunday

The body of a British woman missing since a hurricane struck the Mexican coast last weekend has been found, according to local authorities.

British couple Simone Wood and Paul Whitehouse are thought to have been sailing when Hurricane Odile hit.

The Foreign Office confirmed one Briton had been killed in the storm. Mr Whitehouse is still reported missing.

Three other people - two from South Korea and one from Germany - have been reported dead since Odile struck.

Ms Wood and Mr Whitehouse were from London and Wolverhampton respectively.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We can confirm the death of a British national, reported missing along with another British national earlier this week off the coast of Mexico.

"The embassy is working with the local authorities and consular staff are providing assistance to both families at this very difficult time."

Army deployed

Friends of the couple had said they were on a yacht which capsized in La Paz's harbour.

Speaking to Channel 4 News on Saturday, Simon Barlow, a friend of Mr Whitehouse, said: "We're waiting and anticipating, you just can't put it into words. You just can't go over there to help."

Odile destroyed homes and hotels in the beach resorts of Mexico's Baja California peninsula on Sunday.

More than 8,000 army, navy and federal police personnel have been deployed by the Mexican authorities to prevent looting.

On Wednesday, thousands of tourists were airlifted from the Los Cabos resort.

Military and commercial planes transported them from Los Cabos international airport, which is closed to commercial flights because of damage from the storm.

Odile made landfall at Mexico's Pacific Coast last Sunday as a category three hurricane, causing extensive damage.

Many shacks in poor areas in the region were blown away by the storm, which had maximum sustained winds of 125mph (205km/h) according to the US National Hurricane Center in Miami.

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