5 Years Later, a Mexico Beach Plaque will Honor Robbinsdale Man Who Died There

February 18, 2018 10:29 PM

Next month will mark five years since a Robbinsdale man drowned while bodysurfing off a Mexico beach.

In 2013, a riptide took Mark Stoneberg out to sea from the waters off a beach near the small resort town of Sayulita. There were no lifeguards on duty, and Stoneberg's body was recovered five days later.


"You can not imagine helplessness when all of a sudden there's emergency and you're yelling and there's nobody to respond because it's simply not there," said his widow, Nancy Stoneberg. 
After the tragedy, the Mexican government began giving money to a local organization that trains lifeguards in an effort to help save lives. 

"Typically there's not a silver lining," Stoneberg said. "Very proud, and very sad."

Later this month, Nancy Stoneberg and her family will travel to Sayulita to help dedicate the beach's first lifeguard tower, which will include a plaque with her late husband's name.


Joe Mazan

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