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Private vessel burns on Nichupté Lagoon in Cancun

Cancun, Q.R. — The crew of a boat that caught fire late Sunday were rescued by another passing vessel on Cancun’s Nichupté Lagoon. The boat was reported to authorities as it burned in front of the Isla Cancún plaza.

Witnesses to the burning vessel called Emergency 911 who sent responders. One of the first on scene was Tomás Hurtado, head of the Cancun fire department, who said the crew of the burning boat were rescued by another boat after jumping into the water.

He was one of several who responded to the 6:00 p.m. blaze that resulted in the total loss of the vessel. Preliminary reports say the fire was due to a mechanical issue in the engine, which caused flames. The two people aboard received minor burns.

Since the fire, the president of Asociados Náuticos, Francisco Fernández, has said that they have no record of the boat, alleging that it provided tourist services from Náutica de Isla Dorada, adding that it does not belong to any of the nautical partners.