Chetumal, Q.R. — Members of the Navy of Mexico say they have rescued three Canadian tourists
who had run aground on a sailboat on the Xcalak reef in the south of Quintana Roo.
The rescue came after a call was received from the Captaincy of Puerto de Xcalak who reported that the sailboat Mishtamek had run aground about 0.3 nautical miles NE (half a kilometer) from the Xcalak dock.
Naval personnel belonging to the Naval Station of Xcalak headed out to sea to rescue the boat while personnel assigned to the Tenth First Naval Zone provided medical attention to the trio once they made land. There were no reported injuries.
Xcalak is a village of 375 inhabitants in the municipality of Othón P. Blanco, Quintana Roo, on the Caribbean coast of Mexico.
It is one of the last "unspoiled" stretches of Mexican Caribbean located on the southern end of the Costa Maya.
The world's second largest barrier reef passes just off-shore from Xcalak from Xcalak and it is also a departure point for dive trips to the Chinchorro Banks (Banco Chinchorro) atoll reef system
. It is designated a Mexican national reef park (Parque Nacional Arrecifes de Xcalak) and is an excellent site for snorkeling, scuba diving and fly fishing.
It is 60 kilometers (37 mi) south of Mahahual, the site of a new large cruise ship pier, and just north of the border with Belize.
The Mahahual pier was destroyed by hurricane Dean in 2007. This section of coast is now being developed by the tourism industry and has a growing number of Americans and other expatriates investing in beach front property north of town.
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