Ferry Explosion Injures 25 Passengers In Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Feb 22, 2018

An explosion on a ferry in Playa del Carmen, Mexico left 25 passengers injured, one of them in critical condition. The incident occurred while people were about to disembark at the dock in Playa del Carmen Maritime Terminal. Suddenly loud explosion ripped off the ship, sending a fireball to the sky and debris on each side of the boat docked, with people nearby. According to reports, passengers ran screaming from the boat after the blast at 1 pm local time. Police and medical services have rushed to the site, where dozens of injured people were being treated for their injuries.

Officials have launched an investigation into the cause of the explosion and confirmed foreign tourists were among the passengers on board the ship. The ferry owned by the company Barcos Caribe was transporting passengers from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen.

A video of the actual explosion obtained online by the newspaper "Quintana Roo Hoy" was shared on the social media.

Initial reports presented by the local director of civil security, Juan Medina Sosa, say that among the victims there are 20 Mexicans, three Canadians and two Americans, which is denied by Global Affairs Canada. The department said via email that it does not have any indication of Canadian citizens affected by the explosion. The US embassy in Mexico City confirmed that seven US tourists had suffered injuries during the incident.

According to Port Authority of Quintana Roo State, initial findings suggest that the explosion was caused by a mechanical failure.