Four killed, two missing in Chile shipwrecks

April 28th, 2008 - 3:22 pm ICT by admin  

Santiago (Chile), April 28 (IANS) Four people have been killed and two reported missing in two shipwrecks caused by a storm in Chile’s southern region of Los Lagos, the navy said. Three security guards headed out in bad weather on a small boat Friday night from Puerto Montt, the capital of Los Rios, located 1,000 km south of Santiago, for a sports-fishing trip without permission from maritime officials.

The boat sank near Maillen Island due to bad weather, poor visibility and lack of precautions by the passengers, Spain’s EFE news agency said Monday quoting officials.

Navy personnel found the bodies of the three security guards several hours after they left the port.

Further south in Chiloe province, a boat carrying three fishermen sank around Chaulinec Island, the navy said.

Rescue officials found the body of one of the three fishermen. A navy patrol boat and seven civilian vessels conducted a search for the other two.

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