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Seven returned to mainland after engine failure off Punta Sam

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — Seven people who were left drifting in dark waters off the mainland of Isla Mujeres were rescued by the Navy Sunday. The group of seven were transported back to land after the engine on their small boat failed.

The Secretary of the Navy, through the Ninth Naval Region of Isla Mujeres, reported personnel from the Naval Search, Rescue and Maritime Surveillance Station (ENSAR) carried out the rescue of seven people aboard a small boat adrift in the vicinity of Punta Sam.

“This action was carried out after receiving a report from the Control, Command, Communication, Computing and Quality Center (C-5) in the Command and Control Room of this Naval Command, reporting that a smaller vessel with seven crew members on board (four men, two women and one minor), were adrift due to propulsion failures, in the vicinity of Punta Sam, Quintana Roo.

“Therefore, the immediate departure of a Defender-type vessel from the ENSAR Isla Mujeres was ordered.

The group of seven were left drifting after their engine failed. Photo: Secretary of the Navy June 9, 2024.

“Subsequently, naval personnel, upon locating the aforementioned vessel, proceeded to rescue the seven people who were in good health, proceeding to transfer them to the facilities of the Advanced Naval Station (ENA) in Puerto Juárez, Quintana Roo, where the aforementioned rescued people left by their own means,” the Secretary reported in a statement.