Saturday 20 July 2019

At least 27 dead after fishing boat sinks off coast of Honduras

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At least 27 fishermen have died after their fishing vessel sank during bad weather on Wednesday off Honduras' northern coast, the Central American country's military has said.

Nine people remain missing and 55 others had been rescued.

Military spokesman Jose Domingo Meza said the vessel Capt Waly set out in weather not appropriate for fishing and was lost at least 40 nautical miles offshore.

The Caribbean commercial fishermen's association in Honduras said nearby boats were summoned to the scene to pick up the survivors.

The sinking apparently occurred near Cayo Gorda, an area north-east of the easternmost point of the Honduran coast.

Authorities said another fishing vessel with 49 men aboard also sank or capsized in the same area earlier, but all aboard were rescued.

According to photos, the Capt Waly apparently put to sea loaded with small skiffs for the fishermen work from.

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