updated 9/3/2008 8:32:35 PM ET 2008-09-04T00:32:35

Police said an American tourist drowned after a giant wave swept him and two others away in southern Baja California.

The U.S. Embassy confirmed that Richard Harry Barr, 72, from Forth Smith, Ark., drowned in Cabo San Lucas on Tuesday.

State police investigator Enrique Wilar said the two other people managed to swim to shore.

Wilar said the three were taking a walk on a beach when they were swept away.

The surf was unusually rough from the effects of Tropical Depression Karina.

On the same stretch of beach two years ago, a giant wave swept away and killed an American tourist.

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