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51 Cuban Rafters Saved Near Isla Mujeres: Dramatic Rescue at Sea

Yesterday, the Mexican Navy, acting as the Coast Guard under the supervision of the Ninth Naval Region, reported the rescue of 51 individuals. The group was found aboard two small handmade boats off the coast of Quintana Roo. Although the official statement did not disclose the origin of the rescued individuals, the nature of the boats suggests they were likely Cuban rafters.

The rescue operation was initiated after an emergency call was received by the Command and Control Room of the Ninth Naval Region. The two small vessels, carrying a total of 51 crew members, were located approximately four nautical miles (7 kilometers) north of Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo. In response, a Ninth Naval Region Patrol Interceptor and two Defender type vessels from the Isla Mujeres Naval Station of Search, Rescue, and Maritime Surveillance (ENSAR) were dispatched to the area.

Upon rescue, the individuals were evaluated by Naval Health personnel. They were found to be slightly dehydrated and hungry, but otherwise in stable and healthy conditions. No incidents occurred during their journey.

It is important to note that the human rights of the rescued individuals were meticulously respected throughout the process. They were transported to the Advanced Naval Station of Puerto Juarez, Quintana Roo, where they were handed over to the authorities of the National Institute of Migration to undergo necessary legal procedures.