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State helicopter deployed off Akumal in tourist search and rescue operation

Akumal, Q.R. — A state police helicopter was used in the rescue of two kayakers Saturday off the coast of Akumal. The man and woman aboard the kayak called for help after being pushed out to sea.

The strong winds that have been felt around the peninsula for two days left the pair drifting and stranded in waters south of Akumal.

According to the Secretariat of Citizen Security (SSC), the man and woman, both tourists, were located by a search and rescue team using an app on their cell phone.

The Secretaría de Seguridad Ciudadana (SSC) reported that “in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Navy, they carried out a successful rescue operation in the coastal area between Akumal and Tulum where two tourists were hit by strong waves while carrying out kayaking activities.

“The incident occurred when rough seas carried them away from the shore, leaving them adrift.

“With the help of an application on their cell phone, those affected contacted the C5 Command Center requesting assistance from authorities and providing their precise location.

“In response, a search and location operation was deployed in which the State Police helicopter was used to expedite the rescue. Coordination with the Navy was essential to guarantee the success of the mission, culminating in the rescue of both tourists safe and sound.”

The man and woman were transferred to Puerto Aventuras after their rescue.
Photo: SSC March 23, 2024.

Elements of the marina located the tourists and returned them, along with their kayak, to Puerto Aventuras.