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Playa del Carmen ferry explosion leaves 26 with minor injuries

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — A boat explosion that sent dozens of passengers scrambling at a Playa del Carmen dock was the result of a mechanical failure.

Wednesday, a Barcos Caribe boat that had just let off passengers suddenly exploded from its side, sending a mass of fire into the air shocking nearby passengers. The incident happened at around 1:15 p.m. at the main ferry dock in Playa del Carmen just after the boat landed.

Passengers had already left the Cozumel-Playa del Carmen ferry when the explosion occurred. The Governor of Quintana Roo, Carlos Joaquín González, said that the explosion points to a technical failure and that investigations are being carried out by corresponding authorities.

“The investigations are in the charge of the Secretariat of the Navy (Semar), the Federal Police (PF) and the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) who will make the appropriate verification,” he explained.

The governor reported that 26 people were injured, including an employee of the ferry company who remains under medical observation. Of the others injured, all were discharged.

“Of those 26 injured, four were Americans with minor injuries who have already been discharged. One that is employed by the company is under observation. He went to intensive care for a breathing issue, but apparently is stable,” the governor explained. The balance of the passengers were Mexican nationals.

Alicia Ricalde Magaña, General Director of the Integral Administration of Quintana Roo, said that according to the preliminary report the explosion was the result of a mechanical failure.

“Fortunately, there were no deaths in the explosion that occurred on one of the Barcos Caribe boats that covers the federal route of Playa del Carmen a-Cozumel,” said Ricalde Magaña. Further investigations are expected to continue.