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Five shrimp fishermen rescued off Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — A crew of five local shrimp fishermen were plucked from the sea Monday after their boat began to sink.

The Secretary of the Navy of Mexico says personnel from the Fifth Naval Region at Isla Mujeres were called for a rescue mission after the five crew members required assistance when their shrimp boat quickly began sinking.

The Kukulkan VI began to take on water while the crew were approximately 17 nautical miles (31 kilometers) north of Isla Mujeres. The Navy of Mexico responded to the emergency panic alert sent by those on board.

Photo: La Secretaría de Marina – Armada de México

In a statement, the secretary of the Navy of Mexico said that they proceeded to rescue the crew because when they arrived, the boat was nearly 50 percent under water.

Crew members say trouble began when their boat started taking on water in the engine room. While all five crew members were taken safely back to land, their shrimp boat did fully sink.