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At Least 28 Die When Boat Sinks

June 3, 1995

PROGRESO, Mexico (AP) _ A boat capsized and sank off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, killing at least 28 people, many of them children. At least 10 people were missing Friday.

The Aguila Dorada, or Golden Eagle, was overloaded with passengers, most of them fishermen and their families celebrating the Navy Day holiday, said port officials in Progreso, 600 miles east of Mexico City.

The 45-foot boat capsized Thursday night about five miles off the coast, said Progreso’s deputy port captain, Bernardo Crespo Silva. He said the vessel was overloaded with cargo and passengers.

Rescuers pulled six victims from the water on Friday. Searches continued for 10 people listed as missing, Muchas Noticias reported. More than 45 people have been rescued.

Crespo Silva had said earlier Friday there were 70 people missing.

News reports said boats in the area rushed to the scene when a distress call was issued but that winds picked up, hampering rescue efforts.

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