7 American Tourists Missing, 1 Dead Following Mexico Fishing Boat Accident

07/05/2011 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

San Felipe, Mexico — Search and rescue is looking for seven American tourists who are missing after a tourist fishing ship capsized off Mexico’s north-western coast Sunday, July 3, 2011. An American tourist was killed and the missing are feared dead after the boat foundered at 2:30 a.m., about 60 miles south of the port of San Felipe, reported My Fox Atlanta.

According to officials, the 100-foot charter vessel—the Erik—ran into problems during an electrical storm after leaving the port of San Felipe. Several of the passengers were able to swim to shore where they alerted authorities of the capsized boat.

The Mexican Navy rescued the remaining passengers.

A total of 26 Americans and 17 Mexicans were on the boat at the time of the sinking. All of the Mexicans are accounted for and unharmed.

One person was killed in the fishing boat accident, which was identified as a U.S. national.

As of Monday evening, Mexican Navy boats and helicopters were still searching for the seven missing people. The U.S. Coast Guard also reportedly joined in on the search.

Investigations and rescue efforts are underway.

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