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Miracle in Celestún: 4 fishermen alive after missing 5 days

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Family of four lost fishermen rejoice when search efforts paid off. Photo: Reporteros Hoy


Celestún, Yucatán — Cries of joy broke a sky that turned gray and rainy on Friday when good news reached relatives of a missing quartet of fisherman.

Lost since Monday, the men were found alive on Friday, and were back on dry land by 10 a.m. that day.

“We never lost faith, thank God,” one said as wives exchange hearty hugs with relatives.

Santos “Topo” Guadalupe Flores Burgos, 36: Luis “Chelita” Silvestre Baas Pech, 32; Fray “Negro” Martín Concha Aguilar , 54; and José  “Cheo” Leonor Sarabia Flowers, 29, were drifting on an unregistered, unnamed 25-foot-long boat about 36 nautical miles offshore.

The search team included a State Civil Protection aircraft in addition to state police boats, six boats with volunteers, and two Marines.

They complained about the lack of support from the boat’s owner.

Source: Reporteros Hoy

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