27 Dead in Honduras boat mishap


At least 27 people died when their fishing boat sank off the Caribbean coast of Honduras on Wednesday.

91 were aboard the 70-tonne boat, when it set sail from Cabo Gracias a Dios — on the country’s easternmost point bordering Nicaragua — after a seasonal ban on lobster fishing was lifted.

The boat sank near Cayo Gorda, a tiny island just northeast of their point of departure.

Armed forces spokesman Jose Meza said that 55 people survived when the vessel sank off the remote coastal Mosquitia region while nine persons are still missing.

Meza added that the bodies and the survivors would be taken to Puerto Lempira, the main city in eastern Honduras.

The cause of the disaster was not immediately clear.


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