On Thursday 1st March, Mexican law enforcement found ‘undetonated explosive devices’ on a tourist ferry that runs between Cozumel and Playa del Carmen.

On the 21st February, an explosion on a ferry in Playa del Carmen injured 25 people, including 20 Mexicans, three Canadians and two Americans. Initial reports suggested a mechanical failure was responsible, but the statement from the US Embassy in Mexico states it was caused by an explosive device.

An alert was issued two days later, when a ‘suspicious bag was left inside one of the “Ultramar” ferries that connects Playa with Cozumel‘. Security forces arrived to contain and address the situation, and it proved to be a false alert.

The ferries from the explosion on the 21st of February and the near miss on the 1st of March are both operated by Barcos Caribe, which is owned by ‘the father of former Quintana Roo state Governor Roberto Borge, who is facing corruption charges.‘ The former Governor was extradited from Panama in January to face those charges. It is unclear if this has any link to the incidents.

Travel advisory

From the US Embassy in Mexico

Location:  Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Event: On March 1, undetonated explosive devices were found by Mexican law enforcement on a tourist ferry that operates between Cozumel-Playa del Carmen, Mexico.   On February 21, an explosive device detonated on a tourist ferry in Playa del Carmen resulting in injuries, including to U.S. citizens.  U.S. Government employees are prohibited from using all tourist ferries on this route until further notice.  Mexican and U.S. law enforcement continue to investigate.

Actions to Take:

  •  Be aware of your surroundings and exercise caution.
  •  Purchase travel insurance that specifically covers you in Mexico and includes medical evacuation insurance.
  •  Contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate if you need assistance.

Please click here for further information, including contact details for the embassy.

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