Mexican magnate Javier Burillo Azcárraga, a member of one of his country's most prominent business families, was arrested last weekend by authorities in California in connection with the tragic death of his 11-year-old son in a nautical accident.
The 57-year-old father was sailing on Sunday from San Francisco to the town of Tiburon with his two children when, at the height of Angel Island, they both fell overboard and in the maneuver to rescue them, the boat passed over them, he reported. Tiburon Police Chief Mike Cronin, according to the Marin Independent Journal.
The 27-year-old son, who suffered "severe cuts" on his legs, was able to get on board and help rescue the youngest, who was unconscious. As soon as they arrived on land, both received medical attention, but while the older brother was transferred to a hospital, nothing could be done for the minor, according to local media.
After the incident, the authorities opened an investigation and moved to Burillo's mansion in Belvedere, CA, where they carried out a blood alcohol test on Burillo, which led them to the conclusion that he was drunk when he was in command of the boat, according to People.
Consequently, the father was arrested by the police and charged with involuntary manslaughter with a boat, causing harm or injury to a minor, and operating a boat under the influence of alcohol. He was later transferred to the Marin County Jail, which he left after paying an old bail that eventually became the media conglomerate Televisa and is married to the daughter of former Mexican President Miguél Alemán. According to the Los Angeles Times, in his business activity he has excelled in the construction of luxury resorts in his country.
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