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Rescue efforts expanded in search for Cozumel boat with six on board

Cozumel, Q.R. — Island authorities continue their search for a local boat that went missing Sunday. Boat Aris with six on board headed out to sea from the island of Cozumel Sunday morning.

The boat and its crew failed to return to the island Sunday afternoon as scheduled. Family members contacted authorities who began a search for the missing fishing vessel.

The crew from Aris was last heard from Sunday evening when authorities received a distress call saying their boat was stranded.

The Secretary General of the City Council, Ociel González González and the director of Civil Protection, Rafael Tenorio Pizano says a search for the boat was launched Monday but without success. A search and rescue mission has been expanded to include air and sea.

Search efforts have been expanded to include the Naval Zone based in Isla Mujeres in addition to meeting with authorities from the Cozumel Naval Sector. A state government helicopter is being used in the search.