Missing American man found dead at the base of a waterfall after he was swept away while hiking in Brazil
- Raúl Jiménez, a Florida resident, was found dead at a waterfall in Brazil on Wednesday after he was reported missing on Saturday.
- The 30-year-old man was walking among rocks when the water level suddenly rose and swept him downstream.
- A military unit specialized in search and rescue operations located Jiménez’s body at the base of the water in the Chapada dos Veadeiro National Park.
A search and rescue team has recovered the body of an American who went missing after being swept away by a flash flood in the central Brazilian state of Goiás.
Raúl Jiménez, 30, was found at the base of a waterfall in Alto Paraíso de Goiás on Wednesday, the fire department said.
Jimenez, from Delray Beach, Florida, was on vacation with two friends and went on a hike on Saturday.
According to a GoFundMe account set up for Jimenez, “The water around the group began to rise, going from where they could walk on rocks to their waists in just minutes. Soon after, the water reached shoulder height and Raúl was swept away.
Raúl Jiménez, of Delray Beach, Florida, was found dead in a waterfall in Brazil on Wednesday. The 30-year-old man disappeared while out walking on Saturday after he was swept away by a flash flood.
Still image from video taken of rising water levels at a waterfall in Brazil, where an American identified as Raúl Jiménez was swept away on Saturday and found dead on Wednesday.
Friends held a vigil in recent days after Raúl Jiménez, of Delray Beach, Florida, went missing after a flash flood swept him away while hiking in Brazil.
Giselle Real told TV Anhaguera earlier this week that the waterfall in the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park “was calm” when it suddenly gained strength.
“Raul was trying to grab the bag, but the water never stopped,” Real said. ‘Stronger, more water. Raúl left with the water…’
The fire department rescued one person who was left stranded after Jimenez was swept away.
A military unit specialized in search and rescue missions in floods was deployed on Monday and led the operation to locate Jiménez.
At least $35,000 was raised through a GoFundMe account to help return her body to the United States.
Several moving tributes on social media honored Jimenez after news of his death was confirmed.
Raúl Jiménez plays the flute in a spiritual ceremony. The 30-year-old man was found dead on Wednesday by a search and rescue team that was deployed in Alto Paraíso de Goiás, Brazil, after he went missing on Saturday while walking in a waterfall.
Raúl Jiménez, a Florida resident, was found dead at the base of a waterfall in Brazil on Wednesday, four days after he was reported missing.
‘Thank you for shining your light in this world. Sharing your magic and your medicine wherever you go,’ Ananda Leigh wrote on Instagram along with a photo of her and her husband with Jimenez at her wedding in 2020.
‘Your smile lit up the room. With the sweetest hugs and loving soul,’ she added. ‘You will always be in our hearts dear brother. I am lucky to have many special memories together playing, praying, singing, goofing around, loving life.’
Grant Kellogg recalled having Jiménez present at a spiritual ceremony and how much he enjoyed watching him play the flute.
“His presence made me feel loved, seen and appreciated,” Kellogg wrote on his Facebook page. ‘Thank you for your impact on me. God bless you.’