Local January 17, 2013 | 11:47 am

Canadian tourist takes own life at east region beach

La Romana, Dominican Republic.- A Canadian tourist took his own life when he dove into the beach at the Bahia Principe Hotel (east), after taking 85 sleeping pills, the National Police precinct announced Thursday.

In a preliminary report cited by outlet listin.com.do, the Police said the coroner certified that Erik Nikolai Sargin, 54, died by drowning.

In a letter found in the hotel room written in English, the victim says he was depressed and was planning to commit suicide during two years for reasons of debts and disease, among other issues.

The note also reveal how the foreigner planned to take his own life, "taking 85 sleeping pills and diving into the water,” fearing only that, “someone would rescue and revive me."

An empty bottle of 10mg Cipralex pills and other unspecified medications were also found in the room. The Canadian national was scheduled to return to his country on the same day of the tragedy.

Saring’s body was sent to the regional Forensics Dept. at San Pedro de Macoris for autopsy.

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