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The rescuers indicated that they would no longer continue searching for the crew.
Last Monday, December 28, a boat with 20 people on board left the Bimini Islands, located in the Bahamas. It was expected that she would arrive in just a few hours to Lake Worth, in Palm Beach County, located in Florida (United States).
However, the ship never appeared again.
The United States Coast Guard received an alert on Tuesday, December 29, from the authorities of the Bahamas. The route that the ship was taking was only 130 kilometers long, but it has been lost for more than 7 days.
For more than three days, teams arranged by both countries carried out air and sea searches in approximately 44,000 km2, but they suspended them on Friday, January 1 at noon, the institution explained.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the missing,” said Capt. Stephen Burdian, who asked anyone with information to contact the Coast Guard.
José Hernández, a US Coast Guard noncommissioned officer, told CBS12 News television that the turbulence of the water made search tasks difficult.
Likewise, he warned that they did not have enough information about the crew, which also hampered the rescue operation that was ultimately unsuccessful.
This area of the Atlantic Ocean has attracted the attention of the curious and the media. This is because, since the 1950s, the United States Navy reported that in that area, between Florida, the Bahamas and Puerto Rico, some aircraft disappeared.
However, according to an article in ‘National Geographic’, from 2017, one of the main reasons why this place is identified as a high accident area is the large number of air and sea routes that cross there.
The argument is that the more vehicles that frequent that area, the more accidents will be reported.
And even saying that it is a high-accident area may not be as accurate as reality, since, since 2013, a study led by the WWF International organization showed that the ‘triangle of death’ was not among the 10 most dangerous locations for women. boats in the world.
In fact, the only area of America within that ‘top’ was the Panama Canal.
Source: El Tiempo