Two men from our neighbors in Mexico are believed to have gone missing in Belizean waters. Francisco Manuel and Michael Figueroa left Xcalak on October 1 and issued their first distress call to their family on October 9 citing engine failure. The men are believed to be in an area near Ambergris Caye due to the current. Sergio Samos, a family friend came to the media in an attempt to locate the men.
Sergio Samos, Family friend: “Their father contacted me on Monday which was the holiday but he had already informed the Mexican authorities and also the Mexican authorities contacted Belize Coast Guard. So I was moving around I went to police because he received rumors that they had found the guys already so I went to the police they called San Pedro police station they weren’t there. Afterwards I called the quarantine people the guys are not at any of the quarantine places so they’re still missing right now. They believe that the wind drifted them to Caye Luna or Turneffe areas. We don’t have nothing just rumors, a lot of people called saying they’re in quarantine centers and when we check they’re not there. Some other guys say they’re at the hospital they’re not there only rumors.”
Reporter: But you’re sure that they’re in Belizean waters?
Sergio Samos, Family friend: “Yes because the last call their father received they said they were in front of a caye in Belizean waters. Like how their machine was giving them problems the wind drifted them to the side it’s not that they came in intentionally it’s just that they have problems with the machine and the machine stopped working so they came with the currents and the wind brought them into Belizean waters.”
If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of the men, they can contact the nearest police station or Samos at 667-5756.