- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) - Authorities in the Dominican Republic say four people from a Philadelphia family drowned in an incident along the country’s eastern coastline.

Civil Defense Director Amado Avila says the three men and a woman apparently got caught in strong currents Sunday off Playa Macao near the resort community of Punta Cana.

The three men were identified as Kush, Jay and Ken Patel. The woman was identified as Kajal Patel. They ranged in age from 27 to 30.

Family members say Kush and Kajal were married in November and lived in Northeast Philadelphia.

They were among 12 members of an extended family visiting Playa Macao on Sunday when the incident occurred. One of the men was rescued alive from the sea but died on the way to a hospital.

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