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    Undetonated explosives found on Mexican tourist ferry off coast of Cozumel

    Undetonated explosives found on Mexican tourist ferry off coast of Cozumel

    by Melissa Quinn | Mar 2, 2018, 1:43 PM
    This 2017 photo taken in Cozumel, Mexico shows people on a pier at sunset over the Caribbean. The embassy issued a safety alert Friday warning U.S. citizens visiting the area to exercise caution. U.S. government employees are barred from using tourist ferries that run between Cozumel and Playa del Carmen while an investigation is ongoing regarding undetonated explosives. (AP Photo/Marjorie Miller)

    “Our priority is the safety and security of U.S. citizens abroad, and we will continue to provide safety and security updates as they become available,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert tweeted Friday.

    Heather Nauert
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    On March 1, undetonated explosive devices were found by Mexican law enforcement on a tourist ferry that operates between Cozumel-Playa del Carmen, #Mexico.
    11:37 AM - Mar 2, 2018



    Heather Nauert
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    Also on March 1, we issued a security alert informing U.S. citizens that U.S. government personnel are prohibited from using tourist ferries on this route until further notice. https://go.usa.gov/xnz5A
    11:37 AM - Mar 2, 2018




    Security Alert - U. S. Embassy Mexico City, Mexico (March 1, 2018 | U.S. Embassy & Consulates in...

    Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico Event: On March 1, undetonated explosive devices were found by Mexican law enforcement on a tourist ferry that operates between Cozumel-Playa del Carmen, Mexico. ...
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    On February 21, an explosion on a tourist ferry that operates between Cozumel-Playa del Carmen, #Mexico, injured 27 people, including several U.S. citizens.
    11:37 AM - Mar 2, 2018



    Heather Nauert
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    We urge all travelers to review our information on http://travel.state.gov before they travel. Our priority is the safety and security of U.S. citizens abroad, and we will continue to provide safety and security updates as they become available.
    11:37 AM - Mar 2, 2018


    Miguel Angel Pech Cen, a Quintana Roo state prosecutor, said in a radio interview the ferry was anchored off the coast of Cozumel when the devices were found.

    The boat was not operating at the time, according to the Associated Press, and the devices were removed and turned over to the authorities.

    The finding of the undetonated explosive devices follows the Feb. 21 explosion on a tourist ferry in Playa del Carmen. Twenty seven were injured in the blast, including several U.S. citizens.

    Quintana Roo officials said last month’s explosion was caused by a mechanical malfunction, but the State Department attributed it Thursday to an “explosive device.”

    The ferry where the undetonated devices were found is owned and operated by the same company that owns the boat that suffered the Feb. 21 explosion.

    According to the Associated Press, the company, Barcos Caribe, was suspended by the Mexican government Feb. 25, and its boats are currently not in service.

    The company is reportedly owned by the father of former Quintana Roo state Gov. Roberto Borge. Borge was arrested on corruption charges.

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    MEXICO FERRY EXPLOSION: AT LEAST 25 INJURED AS 'FIREBALL' RIPS THROUGH SHIP

    BY ROBERT VALENCIA
    ON 2/21/18 AT 6:26 PM

    A ferry owned by Barcos Caribe was struck by a blast Wednesday while docked at the tourist resort town of Playa del Carmen in Mexico, according to local reports.

    Officials indicated that 20 Mexicans, three Canadians and two Americans suffered injuries and had been taken to a hospital where they were being treated for cuts. No casualties or life-threatening wounds had yet been reported.





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    Horrific video captures moment explosion rips through ferry in Mexico tourist resort leaving dozens injured http://bit.ly/2Ccx8jO
    2:03 PM - Feb 21, 2018

    “People are our priority. The report we’re receiving is that there are individuals wounded by splinters,” Cristina Torres, municipal president, told Mexican newspaper El Universal. Although the victims had minor cuts, “we have to follow the necessary protocol [surrounding] medical attention, hence the reason why they were transferred [to a hospital],” Torres added.

    The blast sent a fireball across the dock, which in turn caused debris to fly sideways, Sky reported. The incident occurred when people were getting off the ferry, which operates between Playa del Carmen and the island of Cozumel. Soon after the explosion, ambulances made their way onto the pier.

    Initial reports noted that a gas leak or an engine failure might have caused the explosion, but authorities still have not confirmed the real cause. According to El Universal, maritime transportation between the island and Playa del Carmen remains fully operational through a company named Ultramar.

    A video posted on Twitter shows when the blast rips through the vessel. According to the Associated Press, the explosion left a gaping hole in its starboard.




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    Reportan decenas de lesionados por explosión en Ferry de la empresa @BarcosCaribe en la terminal marítima de #PlayaDelCarmen
    12:28 PM - Feb 21, 2018

    Owners of Barcos Caribe have alleged links with the family of former Governor of the Quintana Roo State, Roberto Borge Angulo, who promoted the creation of this business while he was in office between 2011 and 2016, according to Mexican website Animal Politico. In 2017, the Mexican government declared him a criminal due to corruption cases during his tenure, leading to his arrest at an airport in Panama last summer.

    Since February of 2015, the company has provided maritime transportation services between the two tourist spots.


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    Leave it to them to screw up their tourist' moneys - do they have a viable government?
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