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Navy tows American vessel to Cozumel port after being found adrift

Cozumel, Q.R. — Two Americans who found themselves drifting out to sea were rescued by the Marina. Sailboat Muchacha was towed to a Cozumel port Tuesday after its engine failed.

A call to the Port Captain had elements from the Navy out in search of the boat and her two crew. The sailboat and the two Americans on board were located adrift approximately 13 nautical miles (24 kilometers) from Punta Celarain, a point on the extreme southern tip of the island.

In a statement, the Secretary of the Navy said that personnel from the Fifteenth Naval Zone assigned to the Ninth Naval Region based in Isla Mujeres, provided support to the two Americans.

The boat was found adrift about 24 kilometers off the southern tip of Cozumel. Photo: Secretaría de Marina April 16, 2024.

“This action was carried out when the Command and Control Room of the Fifteenth Naval Zone received a report from an Ocean Patrol of the Mexican Navy that was carrying out maritime surveillance, reporting that a sailboat named Muchacha with two people on board had failures in its steering and propulsion system and was adrift.”

Sailboat Muchacha and crew were returned to a Cozumel port. Photo: Secretaría de Marina April 16, 2024.

The Secretary of the Navy reported that after locating the boat, they proceeded to sail together to a safe port in Cozumel.