Wave Flips Tour Boat Off Galapagos Islands; Danish Man Dead, Other Tourists And Crew Safe
ORIGINAL SOURCE: EL COMERCIO
A Danish tourist of 61 years passed away, after the accident suffered by the Tourist boat M/Y Rumba offshore from Port Villamil (Isabela Island) in the Galapagos Islands. The mishap occurred last night (july 2nd 2010), around the 21h00 (22h00 mainland Ecuador time [GMT-5]) and this afternoon, around the 15h00 the body was recovered.
According to the Galapagos National Park Authorities (PNG) report, the mishap occurred when the boat was realizing part of its itinerary off the southeast coast of Puerto Villamil (Isabela Island). At the time of the incident 7 tourist were aboard, along with 5 crew members.
More than 25 Park Ranger of the National Park and personnel from the Headquarters of Port Villamil participated in the search and rescue of the Danish passenger along with the recovery and removal of the debris. A discharge of fuel from the baot was ruled out.
The passengers were rescued by another boat nearby and all remaining passengers and crew are in good health and they were transfered to a local a hotel. The Ministry of Tourism is currently assisting passengers.
And addition source (El Universo) mentions the following addition facts:
The remaining six passengers aboard were two Irish, two Israelis and the wife and daughter of Nils (the 61 year old Danes that lost his life), also of Danish nationality.
The incident apparently occurred after a large wave struck the small wooden boat, Rumba, causing it to capsize. The boat is completely destroyed.