Death toll from Hurricane Barbara in Mexico rises to three

OAXACA (Mexico) (AFP) - The authorities on Thursday resumed their search for 12 missing fishermen after Hurricane Barbara hit southern Mexico, as the death toll from the storm rose to three after a man drowned in a river.

Barbara made landfall in the southern state of Chiapas on Wednesday, producing heavy rains that drenched the neighbouring states of Oaxaca and Guerrero. The storm was downgraded to a tropical depression on Thursday.

The latest victim was a 60-year-old man whose body was found late on Wednesday on a river bank in the Oaxaca town of Santa Cruz Zenzontepec, the state police said.

The other victims were a 61-year-old American surfer who was slammed by the waves at Oaxaca's Playa Azul and a 27-year-old man who was dragged away by a swollen river.

The navy and local authorities meanwhile resumed their search for a dozen fishermen who have not returned since leaving on four boats on Wednesday, said San Pedro Tapanatepec Mayor Ricardo Escobar.

Mr Escobar voiced confidence that the men would be found, since two other fishermen who had been reported missing were located late on Wednesday "alive and in good condition".