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Ferry explosion injures 18 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The Municipal Government Said In A Statement That 15 Of The Wounded Are Mexicans And Three Are Canadians. They Sustained Cuts And Were Taken To A Hospital For Treatment.

PTI | Updated on: 22 Feb 2018, 08:02:06 AM
Source: PTI


An explosion ripped through a ferry as it unloaded passengers in the Caribbean beach city of Playa del Carmen, hurting 18 people, but authorities said none of the injuries were life-threatening.

The municipal government said in a statement that 15 of the wounded are Mexicans and three are Canadians. They sustained cuts and were taken to a hospital for treatment.

Videos posted online by the newspaper Quintana Roo Hoy showed the blast sending a fireball and debris flying sideways from the ferry as it was moored to the dock with people nearby.

The Barcos Caribe vessel was left with a gaping hole in its starboard side next to a passenger seating area.

The municipal statement said the explosion happened when passengers were getting off the boat, and the cause was not yet known.

It added that service to the nearby resort island of Cozumel would continue with other ferry companies that operate from the municipal dock.

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First Published : 22 Feb 2018, 08:01:00 AM