Mexican federal prosecutors open probe of ferry explosion

Mexican federal prosecutors formally opened their own investigation last week into an explosion on a tourist ferry on February 21st that injured 26 people. The explosion occurred on the Barcos Caribe company’s vessel as it was moored in Playa del Carmen; passengers were nearby on the dock at the time of the explosion.

The ferry operated on the route between Playa del Carmen and the resort island of Cozumel. Barcos Caribe has been suspended from operating since shortly after the explosion.

Last week undetonated explosives were apparently found attached to the bottom of another vessel belonging to the same company. Authorities said it was anchored 500 yards off Cozumel at the time and had been out of service for more than 10 months.