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Navy rescues two drifting catamarans off Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — Two catamarans found drifting off Isla Mujeres were towed to safety by the Navy. The boats were located by Navy personnel during an at-sea surveillance tour Sunday night.

In a statement, the Secretary of the Navy reported that, acting as Coast Guard they gave “support to two catamaran vessels in the surroundings of Isla Mujeres.

“This action was carried out when a Defender boat from the Naval Search, Rescue and Maritime Surveillance Station (ENSAR) of Isla Mujeres was carrying out a maritime surveillance patrol. During the tour, Navy personnel sighted two catamaran vessels that were were adrift 2.9 nautical miles (5.4 kilometers) west of Isla Mujeres.”

Both boats were drifting due to electrical and propulsion failures. “Naval personnel provided protection support and maritime security to said vessels until the end of their towing to land in order to avoid a possible navigation accident as there is no visibility in the area.”

La Secretaría de Marina did not provide information on a crew and / or any passengers on board at the time of the incident.