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Divers Rescued After Being Missing at Sea

Fishermen Recovered After Search ….

For Cozumel Island residents the sound of a helicopter flying over repeatedly generally means two things:  either the President of Mexico is paying the island a short visit or someone has become lost or unaccountable for at sea.  In this case, it was the later and fortunately this story has a very happy ending.

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Last Friday two Cozumel fishermen from the “Isis II,” an open whaling boat registered with the island’s harbormaster, were reported missing when they did not return from their journey near the northern end of the island, by Punta Molas. 

It was reported that while the fishermen – who were on scuba –  were in the water, the captain of the boat lost sight of their bubbles, and was unable to track his companions.  The Naval Search and Rescue Station was called into action and deployed both fast boats, as well as a Naval helicopter, which executed search patterns based on possible current and wind projections. 

Around 4 pm – on the same day – the Harbormaster reported that both divers had been found alive swimming near the beach where they were lost.  Rescued and transferred to a medical facility they were both reported in good condition.

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Kudos to both the Harbormaster and the Naval forces who deployed so quickly and were able to avert tragedy.   

Buzos rescatados después de perderse en el mar

Pescadores rescatados después de la búsqueda. . .

Para los habitantes de Cozumel el sonido de un helicóptero sobrevolando repetidas veces por lo general significa una de dos cosas: que el presidente de México está realizando una breve visita a la Isla o que alguien se ha se ha extraviado en el mar. En este caso fue lo segundo y afortunadamente la historia tiene un final muy feliz.

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El viernes pasado dos pescadores de la embarcación “Isis II” de Cozumel, en una  lancha tipo ballenera registrada en la Capitanía de Puerto de la Isla fueron reportados como extraviados al no haber regresado de su viaje hacia la punta norte de la Isla; por Punta Molas.

Se informó que en tanto los pescadores se encontraban buceando, el capitán de la embarcación perdió las burbujas y no le fue posible seguir la pista de sus compañeros. Se solicitó la intervención de la estación de Naval de Búsqueda y Rescate realizando la búsqueda tanto con lanchas rápidas como por helicóptero de la Naval, realizando la búsqueda con base en patrones de corrientes y viento.

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Alrededor de las 4 pm ese mismo día, el Capitán de Puerto informó que ambos buzos habían sido rescatados con vida cerca de la playa donde se extraviaron. Éstos fueron rescatados y trasladados a un centro médico reportando que se encontraban en buenas condiciones de salud.  

Felicitaciones tanto al Capitán de Puerto como a las fuerzas navales que se movilizaron rápidamente evitando una tragedia.

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