Ensenada, Baja California — The Secretary of the Navy of Mexico reports the rescue of 10 crew from a sardine ship in Ensenada. Elements from the Ensenada-based Second Naval Region in Baja California provided support for the search and rescue of the ship’s crew due to the inclement weather.
The navy says crew from the vessel Mariale became stranded in the vicinity of La Concha, approximately 52 kilometers south of Ensenada, Baja California. Mariale crew had attempted to utilize their lifeboat to get to shore, however, only eight members evacuated. Before they reached shore, one crew member lost his life.
Navy personnel responded to their distress call that alerted the general control center to the stranding of a ship due to a fog bank that severely restricted visibility.
A navy helicopter and vessel were immediately deployed, locating the ship. Due to high waves and thick fog, rescue crew were unable to use boats to reach the ship. Instead, they swam to the vessel, pulling the remaining two crew off the ship and returning them to the mainland.