Ferry explosion injures 25 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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2018/02/22 06:36:51 (permalink)
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Ferry explosion injures 25 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Guess we're not going to Cozumel in June; INCREDIBLY LUCKY that no one was killed.  Kay, if QR or federal authorities need any assistance with the safety investigation I work in the field and can help.


By Associated Press February 21 at 5:53 PM
MEXICO CITY — An explosion ripped through a ferry as it unloaded passengers in the Caribbean beach city of Playa del Carmen on Wednesday, hurting 25 people, but authorities said none of the injuries were life-threatening.
Local Civil Defense director Juan Medina Sosa said 20 Mexicans, three Canadians and two Americans were injured, and all were in good condition.
The municipal government said in a statement that the victims sustained minor 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.




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Re: Ferry explosion injures 25 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico 2018/02/22 06:47:43 (permalink)
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There are many boats going there many times a day and this is the first major accident I have ever heard of.  Probably safer than driving.  I wouldn't cancel on Cozumel for this reason.
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Re: Ferry explosion injures 25 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico 2018/02/22 07:13:23 (permalink)
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I read on another site that it was a diver's oxygen tank that had exploded.

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Re: Ferry explosion injures 25 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico 2018/02/22 08:17:24 (permalink)
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It certainly looked horrendous on the news last night, glad no one was killed or seriously injured. We will be taking the ferry to Cozumel in a couple of weeks. Not really worried, but I won't sit next to any diver's tank, either.

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Re: Ferry explosion injures 25 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico 2018/03/02 05:26:29 (permalink)
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I also had read that an oxygen may have exploded, but that's a whole lot of flames from an oxygen tank. Ever see a tank have a valve knocked off and shoot across the bay? It just sounds unlikely to me.... 

And then there is this:
US State Department release today:
Just received:
Security Alert - U. S. Embassy Mexico City, Mexico (March 1, 2018)
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. On February 21, an explosive device detonated on a tourist ferry in Playa del Carmen resulting in injuries, including to U.S. citizens. U.S. Government employees are prohibited from using all tourist ferries on this route until further notice. Mexican and U.S. law enforcement continue to investigate.

Mexican authorities requested US assistance, so I suspect that this may be based upon what the US force found.


Is there anyone down there now that can share any local news of what is going on?

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Re: Ferry explosion injures 25 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico 2018/03/05 11:09:48 (permalink)
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We are watching the news just like everyone else on this.  
 

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Re: Ferry explosion injures 25 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico 2018/03/09 06:44:41 (permalink)
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Definitely a criminal matter, not a safety shortcoming.
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Re: Ferry explosion injures 25 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico 2018/03/26 17:14:23 (permalink)
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Kay/veteran posters: any update on who was responsible for planting these devices?  I thought I read a rumor somewhere regarding insurance fraud as a possible motive?
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Re: Ferry explosion injures 25 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico 2018/03/27 06:47:20 (permalink)
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The last I heard they were thinking it was fraud by the family that owns the company, but no definitive word on that yet.
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Re: Ferry explosion injures 25 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico 2018/03/27 07:09:02 (permalink)
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Fingers crossed.  That sure beats narco-terror.
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Re: Ferry explosion injures 25 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico 2018/03/27 15:41:17 (permalink)
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Locally the understanding is that it was some sort of insurance fraud deal. 

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Re: Ferry explosion injures 25 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico 2018/03/28 11:16:04 (permalink)
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You'd think that for insurance fraud, you'd blow it up when no one was onboard.
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Re: Ferry explosion injures 25 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico 2018/03/28 14:37:53 (permalink)
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I agree. Having a "mysterious" fire in the engine room or the boat "accidentally" sinking in the middle of the night would be much better than planting bombs and running the risk of killing people, just for a little insurance money.
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