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Trio left behind by diving crew found by patrolling Navy

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — Navy personnel rescued three left behind divers off the coast of Isla Mujeres. The three divers were found without a boat Saturday after they were left behind by their crew.

The three men were located in Isla Mujeres waters about four kilometers from Punta Cancun. In a statement, the Secretary of the Navy said personnel from the Naval Search, Rescue and Maritime Surveillance Station (ENSAR) of the Ninth Naval Region of Isla Mujeres made the rescue Saturday.

On Saturday, “three people who were carrying out recreational diving activity, approximately two nautical miles (3,700 kilometers) northeast of Punta Cancún, Quintana Roo,” were located during a patrol and maritime surveillance tour between Isla Mujeres and Punta Cancun.

Navy personnel “were aboard a Defender-type vessel when naval personnel noticed that three people with diving equipment were requesting help.

“When the personnel came to their aid, the divers explained that the boat that took them to practice the activity left them adrift and they lost all contact with its occupants.

the three men were found by chance by patrolling navy personnel. Photo: Semar May 25, 2024.

“Given the circumstances, the sailors transported these people, presumably tourists, to the Ninth Naval Region facilities in Cancun to be evaluated by Naval Health personnel, all of whom were found to be in good health, after which they left on their own.”

Authorities did not say if the men were part of a tour group or how long they’d been in the water before being found.