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Child rescued after falling into the sea boarding Playa del Carmen ferry

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — “Everything happened so fast. We did not realize what happened, that my little girl Katerin fell into the water,” says the father.

On Saturday night around 9:00 p.m., a five-year-old girl fell into the sea while boarding a Winjet ferry to cross from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel. While with her family, the child apparently tried to jumped onto the boat but miscalculated and fell into the water between the boat and the dock.

Jonda Leyvi Izquierdo, the child’s father, said they were boarding the boat when the accident happened, explaining that he was handing his luggage to ferry staff when his daughter fell into the water.

Staff from the ferry were able to pull her out of the water. The girl was reported to be without injuries, only cold since evening temperatures have been cooler than normal.

An investigation is underway since the company, Naviera, were without any nautical lighting to look into the sea.