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Navy of Mexico delivers 16 to INM after they are located floating off northeast coast of Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — A crew of 16 were rescued by the Mexican Navy during the early hours of Saturday off the coast of Isla Mujeres. The vessel was initially located in Quintana Roo state waters approximately 63 nautical miles (117 kilometers) northeast of Isla Mujeres.

The Navy of Mexico left their Isla Mujeres station to find the boat after they were informed of an emergency call made by a cargo vessel. That cargo vessel reported supporting the boat, which they found around 63 nautical miles northeast of the island.

Mexican authorities were told that on the boat were 13 men and three woman, all of foreign nationalities. By the time the Mexican Navy found the vessel, it had floated within 15 nautical miles (28 kilometers) of Isla Mujeres.

On Saturday, the Secretaría de Marina reported that all on board were transferred to their vessel and brought to the Puerto Juárez Naval Station where they were received by authorities of the National Institute of Migration (INM).

On August 25, area residents of Kin-Ha on the island of Isla Mujeres woke to find a docked boat. The homemade metal vessel appeared during the night and was found abandoned the next morning.