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Navy rescues tourists off Isla Mujeres after they lose contact with diving boat

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — The Secretariat of the Navy of Mexico says four people were rescued south of Isla Mujeres after the regional captain received a call.

The rescue was made after the Regional Captaincy of Puerto Juárez informed the navy that a call had been received requesting help for a small vessel, SOL. The vessel belonged to a local diving company who needed help returning two tourists and two crew back to land.

They report that the boat was diving in the vicinity of Punta Cancun when it lost contact with three of its people. That, coupled with low nighttime visibility made it difficult to locate them. They called for assistance.

A vessel from the Naval Search, Rescue and Maritime Surveillance Station of Isla Mujeres along with Federal Maritime Reserves patrol of the Regional Captaincy of Puerto Juarez was ordered to locate those still in the water.

Navy personnel were able to quickly find those diving. All were found in good health approximately 7 nautical miles (13 kilometers) south of Isla Mujeres. Rescued were a woman and two men of Mexican nationality of 53, 25 and 44 years of age, respectively, as well as a 44-year-old woman of Spanish nationality.

They were transferred to the pier of Playa Tortugas in Cancun.

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