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Small Tourist Boat Of 5 Sinks In Cancun Hotel Zone

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On Saturday, a private tourist boat carrying five people capsized near Nichupté Lagoon in the Cancun Hotel Zone. Search and rescue operations have been underway, recovering two bodies on Sunday. Monday’s search continued for the other missing individuals.

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Cancun is one of the most visited destinations in Mexico. Not only does it have some of the largest and finest all-inclusive hotels in North America, but it also has picture-perfect white-sand beaches. 

From its luxurious all-inclusive resorts to limitless family-friendly attractions, Cancun is an amazing escape for visitors from around the world. It offers some of Mexico’s top beaches alongside plenty of fun aquatic activities – like snorkeling, kayaking, or parasailing.

tourist and travelers Snorkeling at XCaret park on the Mayan Riviera resort on clear blue water with tiki huts on land

Sadly, In the midst of paradise, tragedy sometimes strikes. At about 5:00 p.m. on Saturday evening, a boat reportedly capsized in the Nichupté lagoon in the Cancun Hotel Zone. Officials have not yet concretely confirm the cause of this incident. However, some reports have come out indicating this to be a result of a possible collision between two vessels on their courses.  

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A boat is capsized and sinking trees in the back

Upon receiving the 911 call at 6:00 p.m., emergency responders quickly initiated their mission to find the lost individuals. One person was found alive. The survivor was quickly transported to the hospital for medical attention. The mission to locate the remaining missing persons continues resulting in the finding of one lifeless body. 

a group of medical professionals during a rescue operation after drowning individual in a body of water. clear skies

Unfortunately, as nightfall set in, it became too dark and risky for a search party to continue. The difficulty of finding them increased even more due to the area’s status as a protected natural lagoon – infested with crocodiles. Consequently, work had to be put on hold at 10 p.m. The following morning, search and rescue resumed with several boats and officials.

pokice boat on body of water for search and rescue

Police Report On The Incident

The only survivor informed investigators that the group of five had left on a Saturday evening on a private boat. Accidentally colliding with another ship along the route. He managed to swim to Aquaworld’s pier and call for assistance there. Search, and rescue crews found one person’s body on Saturday evening before it became dark. On Sunday, state civil protection chief, Guillermo Nez, reported two other bodies were found.

Aboard the ship on Sunday, he remarked, “We are in a search and rescue effort for one more person.” There were five people on the boat. The boat’s occupants were on their way to Laguna del Amor when the collision occurred. Unfortunately, their boat went down with them. The public was not provided with any information on the second ship. On Monday, they resumed the search where they had left off in their search for the last victim.

2 groups of search and rescue water police on speed boat on river

Tourist Travel Safety In Cancun

Most people plan their vacation with the intention of escaping their everyday stresses and unwinding. you typically find them lounging at the beach or pool, taking in the sights and exploring new places. 

Tourists flocks to the Mexican Caribbean each year to do just that. The beaches and snorkeling areas in Cancun are almost limitless. The Mexican Caribbean is a beautiful place to visit for various reasons. We never expect our getaway would take a catastrophic turn. 

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Oftentimes, we don’t think about the potential risks and hazards that can come with any vacation. The tragedy that occurred in Cancun this past weekend is a reminder of how quickly an outing can turn sour– earlier this year, a Russian diver drowned while swimming at a Cenote in Tulum. More recently, just two months ago, an American tourist met their untimely demise in Playa del Carmen at a popular resort. 

The incident in Cancun’s Nichupté lagoon is still under investigation

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