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Two Americans rescued off coast of Quintana Roo after boat hits reef

Mahahual, Q.R. — Two American citizens have been rescued from waters in the Chinchorro Reef zone after their boat ran aground.

The Mexican Navy says two Americans were rescued from their boat after it was found stuck in the Chinchorro Reef zone along the coast of south Quintana Roo.

The secretary of the Navy of Mexico says that personnel from the Naval Search and Rescue Station of Mahahual headed out sea to rescue two people reported stranded after a call from the National Commission of Protected Areas.

Mexico’s vessel, Defender, was ordered deployed. Due to the US vessel being hung up on reefs, a rescue swimmer was sent to the boat, Amazing Grace, since it was not possible to approach.

Photo: Secretaría de Marina-Armada de México

Both American citizens were safely returned to shore. Eduviges Martínez Sandoval of the navy said that the American crew members did not suffer any injuries, but were still transferred to the town of Mahahual for medical treatment.

There was no update regarding the situation of the boat or what may happen since it ran ground in a state-protected reef zone.