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Mexican sailors respond to help request by French crew off coast of Mahahual

Mahahual, Q.R. — Thursday morning, two men of French nationality were rescued off the coast of Mahahual after being reported adrift. Marina sailors located the adrift sailboat Alishanee approximately two nautical miles (three kilometers) off the coast.

The Mahahual Harbor Master’s Office received a distress call requesting the rescue of the two crew members of the Alishanee sailboat, which was left without propulsion due to lack of fuel the Secretaría de Marina explained in a statement.

“To respond to the emergency, a Defender-type boat from the Maritime Search, Rescue and Surveillance Station (Ensar) of Chetumal was sent with rescue swimmers on board.

“Upon arriving at the scene, they found the two men adrift and gave them autonomous navigation instructions so they could reach the Mahahual fishing pier.

One of the two French crewmen are seen here being treated by Marina health officials. Photo: Secretaría de Marina February 1, 2024.

“Once on land, the two rescued were evaluated by medical personnel, finding that one of them had slight dehydration. Both are in good health and thanked the Secretary of the Navy for the support,” they said.