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Sailboat with three Canadians rescued off Xcalak reef

Chetumal, Q.R. — Members of the Navy of Mexico say they have rescued three Canadian tourists who had run aground on a sailboat on the Xcalak reef in the south of Quintana Roo.

The rescue came after a call was received from the Captaincy of Puerto de Xcalak who reported that the sailboat Mishtamek had run aground about 0.3 nautical miles NE (half a kilometer) from the Xcalak dock.

Naval personnel belonging to the Naval Station of Xcalak headed out to sea to rescue the boat while personnel assigned to the Tenth First Naval Zone provided medical attention to the trio once they made land. There were no reported injuries.

Xcalak is a village of approximately 375 people in the municipality of Othón P. Blanco in the southern portion of Quintana Roo in Costa Maya. Xcalak is a designated Mexican national reef park (Parque Nacional Arrecifes de Xcalak) known for its snorkeling, scuba diving and fly fishing.

It is 60 kilometers (37 mi) south of Mahahual.