Ferry blast injures American passengers in Playa del Carmen, Mexico


According to Reportur.com, at least five global tourists were injured in the explosion, including two Americans and three Canadians, but the number of injuries varies by source.

At least 25 people were injured in a ferry explosion in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico said in the evening that it was aware of seven Americans hurt in the incident, while Canada's diplomatic mission said it had not received any information that any of its citizens were harmed.

An eastern North Dakota family on vacation in Mexico was taken to a hospital after a ferry exploded.

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The 12-year-old and 14-year-old boys were hit with flying glass and shrapnel. Although the victims had minor cuts, "we have to follow the necessary protocol [surrounding] medical attention, hence the reason why they were transferred [to a hospital]", Torres added.

The explosion was caught on security cameras at a dock in Playa Del Carmen.

Videos uploaded to social media showed emergency crews nursing injured people at the dock and people rushing for help. According to the Associated Press, the explosion left a gaping hole in its starboard.

The initial investigation has revealed the explosion was caused by a mechanical failure, according to Quintana Roo officials. "Fortunately nothing serious, no life is in danger", Mayor Cristina Torres said in a statement.