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Boat suffers extensive damage after stranding in national park

Progreso, Yucatan — Environmental officials are investigating a stranded vessel found in the Arrecife Alacranes National Park along the Yucatan coast.

The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection reports attending to a stranded yacht, Tisbea, in the protected natural area of the national park. They say the vessel came to their attention after the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas reported a grounding in the Arrecife Alacranes.

Federal officers investigating the boat say it suffered extensive damage. They report the vessel suffered strikes and hits on the inside of the hull, on the side of the bow and at the height of the keel where epoxy resin and fiberglass threads were observed.

The propellers were also missing and the rudders were scraped with fresh seagrass. They confirm the boat had a scheduled departure date of August 14 from the port of Yucalpetén destined for the Arrecife Alacranes.

In a statement, Profepa officials say they will be inspecting the reef where the boat was found stranded to determine environmental damage. Aside from becoming hung up on reefs, anchoring is only permitted in specific areas.

If reef damage is found, Profepo says sanctions will be applied. The boat has since been taken to the Yucalpetén Industrial Park shipyard in Progreso for repair.