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Search continues for missing Puerto Aventuras boat and crew

Puerto Aventuras, Q.R. — Nautical authorities continue to support in search efforts for the missing Puerto Aventuras vessel Moi Guadalupe. In a statement, the agency said that this support derived from a telephone call received September 29 at the Naval Search, Rescue and Maritime Surveillance Station of Cozumel in which it was alerted about the loss of communication of the vessel with four crew members on board.

The agency said that they are in constant coordination with the Captaincies of the Port of Cozumel and Playa del Carmen in hopes of locating the vessel. Both water and air searches have been made for the missing boat and her crew.

Moi Guadalupe was approximately 130 nautical miles (241 kilometers) east of the island of Cozumel when communication was lost on September 29 while on its way home to Puerto Aventuras after completing a humanitarian aid trip to Haiti.

Liliana Rosas Salari, mother of one of the crew reported that the Mexican government’s search efforts are continuing. “Air and naval raking is done, also with private planes hired by us for the search.”

Moi Guadalupe

She says that they have also asked the U.S. Coast Guard for their assistance in locating the boat. She said while they are calling on the United States authorities to activate the search and rescue protocol, the Mexican authorities of the Secretaria de Marina (Semar) continue to support the mission and have made direct communication with the Argentine Embassy and the Foreign Ministry.

The four crew on board include 20-year-old Renzo Spaciano, a volunteer sailor of Argentine nationality along with 45-year-old Carlos Juárez of Argentine / American nationality and owner of the vessel. Also on board are 47-year-old Denis Manuel Fernández Díaz who is a nautical captain of Cuban nationality and Martín Vega Argaez, 42, a sailor of Mexican nationality.