18 injured after reports of ferry explosion in Mexico, local officials say

Local Civil Defense director Juan Medina Sosa said there were 25 injured, including three Canadians and two Americans, and all were in good condition. "But after that we were able to help out a few others that had more serious injuries", Rebecca Lahlum said. There were no fatalities.

An explosion on Wednesday aboard a passenger ferry that was docked in Playa del Carmen, one of the Mexican Caribbean's top beach resorts, has wounded at least 18 people, the local government said, Xinhua reported. The cause was not immediately known.

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Fire engulfs the front section of a burning ferry as fire fighters battle the blaze off the shore of Merak city, January 28, 2011. The incident occurred when people were getting off the ferry, which operates between Playa del Carmen and the island of Cozumel.

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

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The Barcos Caribe vessel, in which the explosion took place, was left with a gaping hole in its starboard side, right next to a passenger seating area.

Authorities in Quintana Roo are now investigating the shocking incident.

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