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Marina rescues foreign boat with one on board off north coast

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — Members of the Navy of Mexico rescued a drifting vessel off the north coast of Quintana Roo. By the time the marina reached the boat, it had drifted 100 nautical miles out to sea.

In a report, the Secretary of the Navy acting as Coast Guard said the small foreign boat with one person on board was located approximately 100 nautical miles (185 kilometers) to the north of Isla Mujeres.

The boat was rescued after the Command and Control Room of the Ninth Naval Region received an emergency call of a drifting vessel. The unidentified boat and sole crew member was found “without propulsion and adrift at sea off the coast of the state of Quintana Roo,” they reported.

Due to the above and with the objective of safeguarding human life at sea, the departure of an Interceptor vessel from the Ninth Naval Region and a Defender vessel from the Naval Search, Rescue and Maritime Surveillance Station (ENSAR) of Isla Mujeres set out in search of the boat.

The sole occupant of the boat was transferred to INM for processing. Photo: March 3, 2024.

The foreign man from aboard the vessel was transferred to the Naval Station of Puerto Juárez where he was handed over to authorities of the National Migration Institute to carry out the corresponding legal procedures, they said.