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Two marine biologists killed by boat in Cancun

Two marine biologists died while diving in the Mexican city of Cancun trampled by a speeding boat. On Saturday, 5 March, a tragic accident involving two divers occurred in the Mexican resort of Cancun. The US researchers specialising in marine biology were trampled by a speeding dive boat as they emerged from the water. Both
Published: March 6, 2022 - 09:00
Updated: July 23, 2023 - 00:13
Two marine biologists killed by boat in Cancun

Two marine biologists died while diving in the Mexican city of Cancun trampled by a speeding boat.

On Saturday, 5 March, a tragic accident involving two divers occurred in the Mexican resort of Cancun. The US researchers specialising in marine biology were trampled by a speeding dive boat as they emerged from the water. Both men died as a result of their injuries.

Accident of two marine biologists in Cancun

From the account given by the operator of the boat from which the two men dived, it appears that the culprit in the accident is the captain who was driving the other boat. He was about to enter the wreck diving site without waiting for his turn. As a result, he trampled the two divers (aged 60 and 65), who were just emerging from the depths.

Diving accident in mexico Injured divers were nearing the end of their dive. From the information available, it is known that they were using a signal buoy. They had behind them long dive on a wreck. Once they were near the surface a large Mr. Tom boat, which belongs to the Scuba Cancun company, sailed over them.

Two marine biologists from the US made up half of the four-person team that took part in the dive. Fortunately, the third diver and the divemaster leading the dive were not injured. The families of both victims are already on their way to Isla Mujeres and Cancun to recover the bodies of their loved ones.

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our customers, who over time have become our friends. The investigation is ongoing and we cannot comment on the case at this time is the official position of the company Squalo Adventures, with which both victims dived.

The accident took place near the wreck of a US C-55 minesweeper from World War II. The Mexican Navy bought the vessel from the US and later deliberately sunk it as an artificial reef off the coast of Cancun. Since 2000, when the wreck came to rest on the bottom and became home to sea creatures, it has been a popular dive site.

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Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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