03/18/2016 03:55 EDT | Updated 03/19/2017 05:12 EDT

2 Canadians Dead After Drowning In Tulum, Mexico

They were vacationing in the resort town of Tulum.

TIMMINS, Ont. — Two Canadians have drowned while on vacation in Mexico.

A spokesman with a school board in northern Ontario confirmed the deaths of the couple, who were current and former staff members at a Timmins, Ont., high school.

Two Canadians died at a resort in Tulum, Mexico. (Photo: Getty)

Bob Brush says 54-year-old Sue Drummond, who was head of student services at the school, and 65-year-old retired teacher Steve Eley both drowned this week.

He says the pair were vacationing in the resort town of Tulum, about 130 kilometres south of Cancun.

Steps are being taken to bring the couple's bodies back to Canada.

Brush, who is vice-chair with the District School Board Ontario North East, says grief counsellors will be at the school where the couple worked to help students and staff deal with the news.