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Tour boat of passengers partially sinks after leaving Cozumel

Cozumel, Q.R. — A catamaran-type tourist boat with 95 passengers began sinking shortly after it left the island of Cozumel Wednesday morning.

The boat partially sank in its rear after, officials say, the engines failed when crew and passengers had set out for a tour of Isla de la Pasión. The boat, Mazu, took on water in the back, forcing passengers to put on life jackets and scramble toward the front of the boat where they waited while help arrived.

Several nearby boats came to their aid including private diving and fishing boats. Within 20 minutes, all passengers had been safely transferred off the sinking Mazu and onto other craft where they were returned to the island of Cozumel.

The Navy of Mexico had also set out to aid the boat, however, it was already being towed by the time they arrived. The Mazu was taken to an island marina.

Passengers on board the Mazu were German cruise ship passengers that had just arrived from the new Mein Schiff 6 that had docked at Cozumel for the first time. The tourists were aboard the Mazu as a shore excursion tour of Isla de la Pasión.

Although ambulances were waiting at Cozumel, no injuries were reported and no medical attention administered.