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Fast response not fast enough to save burning Isla Mujeres boat

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — A boat that caught fire Wednesday afternoon off the coast of Isla Mujeres ended up being completely consumed by flames. A tourist boat passing by was able to rescue the crew and passengers from the burning boat while it was only smoking.

Crew from a passing boat (yellow shirts) worked fast to get the crew and passengers off the smoking vessel. Photo: May 29, 2024.

Moments later, however, boat La Chica burst into flames. A passing Ultramar ferry stopped to use their emergency fire extinguishing equipment on the burning boat. Video taken by Semar (Secretaría de Marina) personnel shows Ultramar crew at the front of the vessel trying to put out the burning boat.

Everyone from the private boat was piled onto a passing tourist boat.
Photo: May 29, 2024.

La Chia is reported to have been a private vessel and not a tourist boat. There is no official count as to how many people were on board at the time of the fire. Personnel from Ultrmar, Semar and Civil Protection assisted in the late Wednesday afternoon fire that happened around 5:00 p.m.

Moments later, boat La Chica, burst into flames. Photo: May 29, 2024.

According to official reports, there were no injuries, only the material loss of La Chica.

“In support of the rescue efforts that are carried out in the first instance by a private boat, Semar, Prot Civil QRoo and Ultramar Ferry are supporting and assisting the crew of the boat that caught fire off Isla Mujeres.

Fast response not fast enough to save burning Isla Mujeres boat
Ultramar, who arrived first, is seen here trying to put out La Chica’s flames in the company of Semar (foreground).
Photo: May 29, 2024.

“There are no reports of injuries, only material losses,” Governor Mara Lezama reported regarding the Isla Mujeres boat fire.