Ferry blast injures Americans in Mexico

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Police in Quintana Roo say the victims were taken into care in various hospitals.

At least 13 people have been seriously injured following an "explosion" on a tourist ferry in the Mexican resort of Playa del Carmen.

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"The priority is people". The U.S. Embassy in Mexico, however, later said that seven Americans were hurt in the explosion, and Canadian officials said they were not aware of any injuries to their citizens, according to the AP.

Videos uploaded to social media showed emergency crews nursing injured people at the dock and people rushing for help.

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Playa del Carmen beach. According to the Associated Press, the explosion left a gaping hole in its starboard.

The Port Administration of Quintana Roo state said in a statement that preliminary indications suggest a mechanical failure may have been to blame.

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Officials confirmed the ferry crossings between Playa del Carmen and the island of Cozumel will resume through other vessel companies that also provide the service at the dock, where the incident took place. In 2017, the Mexican government declared him a criminal due to corruption cases during his tenure, leading to his arrest at an airport in Panama last summer.

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