Wednesday 23 October, 2019

28 local fishermen rescued after losing their vessel to fire at sea

Some 28 Jamaican deep-sea fishermen whose boat reportedly caught fire last week were later rescued by personnel from a Panamanian ship and turned over to the Colombian Navy.

All are said to be alive and well.

The dehydrated Jamaicans were found suffering from first and second degree burns, according to the Colombian military.

Colombian Navy Commander, Rear Admiral Juan Francisco Herrera said the fishers were travelling on the fishing boat ‘Real Magic’ when it caught fire late Thursday or early Friday.

They reportedly ditched the stricken vessel and escaped on life rafts, after which the boat’s captain alerted the Jamaican embassy in Colombia, using a satellite phone.

The fishermen were eventually found by personnel on board a ship from Panama that had just left the Panama Canal.

Herrera said the fishermen were taken aboard the ship and hydrated, after which they were transferred to a ship from the Colombian Navy.

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