Frantic moment crew scramble to rescue passengers in Mexico bay after vessel capsized and four drowned
Dramatic footage has emerged of the frantic moment boat crew members raced to save 19 passengers after the speedboat they were traveling in capsized in Mexico.
The boat was carrying 17 tour passengers and two crew members who were returning from a trip to Isla Mujeres and was returning to Cancún when the accident occurred on Monday.
Four passengers – all Mexican nationals – drowned and 13 others were taken to a local hospital for treatment. A woman had been in the hospital since Friday.
The boat captain, Ramón Cruz, was arrested moments after the incident.
A boat company worker was seen on video rescuing passengers on a tour vessel that capsized between Isla Mujeres and Cancún on Monday. Four passengers drowned and 13 others were rescued along with the boat captain and a worker
Ramón Cruz, tour boat captain from Cancún, was arrested on Monday moments after the accident. He appeared before a judge on Thursday and was placed in pretrial detention as Quintana Roo prosecutors and police continue to investigate the incident that left four people dead
The video showed the 26ft single engine ‘Diosa de Mar’ (Goddess of the Sea) boat capsizing in the middle of the bay with passengers wearing life jackets struggling to stay afloat in the rough seas.
One of the workers was seen throwing a ring buoy and a passenger swam to grab it shortly after a yacht arrived on the scene to help with the rescue efforts.
Another worker was also seen reeling in a larger floating device with at least three people clinging to it.
Cruz appeared before a judge Thursday and was placed in pretrial detention while Quinatana Roo state prosecutors and police investigated the crash. He is expected to return to court on February 5.
“During the trip, a wave allegedly moved people from place to place and due to the weight, water entered through the bow and sank the boat in which a total of 19 people were traveling,” the Quintana Roo state attorney general’s office said. said. in a statement.
Passengers from the tour boat that capsized in a bay between Isla Mujeres and Cancún were seen on video reeling into a rescue vessel while hanging on to a ring buoy.
A paramedic provides oxygen to one of the victims who was injured after the speedboat they were traveling in capsized between Isla Mujeres and Cancún on Monday evening
The State Attorney General of Quintana Roo said the boat capsized moments after “a wave allegedly caused people to move from place to place” and that the extra amount of weight on one side of the vessel allowed “water came in through the bow and sank the boat. in which a total of 19 people travelled’
The narrow straight between Isla Mujeres and Cancún is a busy waterway used by ferries, private pleasure craft and small charter craft.
The area is so busy and popular with tourists, and a number of accidents have occurred there in the past.
In 2022, two American divers died near Cancún when a submarine passed over them, despite flags and buoys warning that they were there.
Two dozen tourists, including foreigners, were killed in 2018 when a crude bomb exploded aboard a passenger ferry in Playa del Carmen, the resort city south of Cancún.
British singer Kirsty MacColl was killed by a boat propeller in 2000 while diving at Cozumel, opposite Playa del Carmen.