The bodies of a man and a baby of a year and a half were found today in an area where a boat with a dozen illegal migrants from Cuba and Ecuador was shipwrecked, the Border Panama, which maintains a search and rescue operation.
In the boat, which was sighted by the agents of the National Frontier Service (Senafront) when it was already turned in the sector of Maliguita, Puerto Obaldía, the border area with Colombia, there were 12 people: 6 Cubans and 4 Ecuadorians, in addition to the crew, a motorcyclist and an assistant, indicated a statement from the security agency.
The official information indicated that the data on the people who were on the boat were provided by an Ecuadorian and a Colombian citizen, without specifying whether these were the two crew members of the boat.
“It should be noted that a male body was located near Morales Beach and in the afternoon the body of a child of about a year and a half was located in Cascajal Beach,” said the Senafront.
Three undocumented were rescued from the waters, and a search and rescue operation by land patrols and at sea “to safeguard the lives of migrants,” added the agency in charge of monitoring the borders of Panama.
“According to versions of the rescued boat landed about 70 meters from the beach” this morning, said the Senafront.
So far, the nationalities of the victims have not been identified.
Undocumented migrants from South America, the Caribbean and Africa arrive in Central America on their way to the United States , on routes that are managed by transnational trafficking organizations.
In 2015 and 2016, Panama and Costa Rica faced a crisis with thousands of nationals from Cuba, Haiti and from African and Asian countries that were stranded in both countries due to the closure of the Nicaraguan border.