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Two missing Isla Mujeres fishermen found alive

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — Two local fishermen have been found alive and well after they went missing Tuesday afternoon.

Ana Laura López Batista of the Maritime Security of Isla Mujeres confirmed the rescue of the two men, saying their being found was from working closely in a coordinated effort with other experienced fishermen from Isla Mujeres.

On Tuesday, two fishermen were reported missing. The pair, who were aboard a 26-foot boat fitted with an outboard motor, headed out to sea around 7:00 a.m., but by noon, were not heard from.

The men, Álvaro Trejo Velázquez and Ángel Tornez Trujillo, who were diving with tanks, reportedly become lost.

Baltazar Gómez Catzín, president of Por la Justicia Social, was the one who reported the men as missing. He explained they were on board Alain about 35 miles north when he realized two of his fishermen were nowhere to be seen.

The missing alert was sent to the port captain who passed on the alert to the Search and Rescue Unit. Five local union boats also participated in the search.

The pair were discovered in open water around 10:00 p.m. 42 miles north of Isla Mujeres. The men were found by local fishermen Juan Badillo aboard Omar.

Although the men were found at 10:00 p.m., there were unexplained complications in the rescue, however, both men were reported back on land at 1:00 a.m. Gómez Catzín commented that the fishermen were diving with tanks when they lost track.

“They are fine. They tell us they are in good condition,” Gómez Catzín noted.