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Two vessels carrying 29 rescued off Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — Two boats required rescue assistance off the shores of Isla Mujeres over the weekend that involved nearly 30 people.

One boat carrying 17 tourists required marine assistance after it began taking on water due to high winds from the entry of a recent cold front. Merced Ortiz Maya, head of Isla Mujeres Civil Protection, reported one boat carrying 17 passengers from Puebla required a marine rescue.

The vessel, La Traviea, which was carrying seven adults and 10 minors, was reportedly sinking after taking on water one nautical mile west of Playa Zama. Marine personnel were able to locate the vessel and return its passengers and crew to land without incident.

The second rescue mission was carried out by la Secretaría de Marina-Armada de México after the Captaincy of the Port of Isla Mujeres reported a boat named 5th Wheel carrying eight adults and four minors experienced mechanical failure and was reported drifting.

Marine search and rescue personnel set out to locate the vessel, which they found with complete engine failure approximately 1.5 nautical miles west of Isla Mujeres. The boat, 5th Wheel, was towed to a safe harbor while its passengers were reviewed by medical personnel.

There were no reported injuries in either case.