By Barbara Shaw
See this link for the original article by Barbara: Guayabitos Swimming Accident Victim Seeks Witnesses
Dennis Bauer (79), hit by a boat while swimming off Guayabitos January 15, is healing from grave injuries including deep propeller cuts to back, ribs and leg. He credits local Dr. Renteria and Dr. Rodriguez, the surgeon at Amerimed in Puerto Vallarta, with saving his life. At last report, he and his wife Margarita were facing huge medical bills.
“My wife confronted the police chief,” says Bauer, retired from the US Air Force. “They had photos of my injuries. They found the man Marcos. He hit me and then got two other guys to get me into a smaller boat and out onto the beach. They saved me. He panicked and ran. But men sitting in the nearby cafe Villa Nueva, where I always park my bicycle, they witnessed it all, they knew everything.”
In a conversation with Cano, president of the local boatmen’s co-op, a defender of Dennis’ discussed the matter and presented the idea that the victim simply wanted justice,to get help with the bills, that both swimmer and boatman had made serious mistakes. “Later, Cano and his associates came to our condo,” Dennis says. “They had Margarita talk with Vivien, their attorney, who then made an offer that we accepted. They were very good about the settlement which paid more of my bills.” The money came not from insurance but a private fund.
It’s still going to mean ongoing expenses for the Bauers. Dennis says, “I feel pretty good. My ribs are sore and we still have to pay for the anesthesia and the medical lab, but the internist and surgeon have been paid.” Two weeks after the accident, his dizzy spells have ended and Dennis took a walk.
Margarita says, “He wants to ride his motorcycle and his bike, but I say no. He has to rest and relax, and stick to a strict, high iron diet after all the blood lost.”
Local officials were not available for comment.