Nicaragua finds boat with bodies which was seen drifting in Guyana’s waters

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Nicaraguan authorities said Tuesday that the bodies of six people, apparently migrants, have been found in a small boat drifting off the Caribbean coast.

According to reports by the Washington Post, the Interior Ministry said a Republic of Guinea passport belonging to a 31-year-old man was found on one of the bodies. The passport had no Nicaraguan entry stamp in it.

The boat was found drifting about a mile (1 1/2 kilometres) out to sea Monday near Cayo Las Palomas.

Persons believe that this may be the same boat that was sighted in Guyana’s waters in February 2021.

Guyanese authorities were forced to suspend a search after three days of search to locate and recover the vessel containing several decomposed bodies which were first spotted on February 15, in Guyana’s waters.

According to reports on the boat in Nicaragua, the corpses were all too badly decomposed for immediate identification. The ministry said an initial examination indicates all those aboard apparently died of dehydration or heat stroke, and that they probably died about a month ago.

Migrants seeking to reach the United States have been trapped at Nicaragua’s southern border with Costa Rica because the Nicaraguan government won’t allow them to cross Nicaragua. That led some to choose more dangerous water routes.

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