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US NewsAt least 26 dead after fishing boat capsizes off Honduran coast

07:30  04 july  2019
07:30  04 july  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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At least 26 people have died after a fishing boat capsized off the coast of Honduras , officials say. The 70-tonne boat was packed with fisherman after the government lifted a seasonal ban on fishing for lobster. It is not clear what caused the accident and an investigation has been launched.

At least 27 people died when a fishing boat capsized off the coast of Honduras on Wednesday. The figure was confirmed by the president of the Atlantic Industrial Fishing Association The 27 who drowned were waiting on the boat 's deck for a Coast Guard from the Honduran Naval Force to arrive.

At least 26 dead after fishing boat capsizes off Honduran coast © Bing Maps/ © 2019 Microsoft Map of Puerto Lempira, Honduras

At least 26 people died after a lobster-fishing boat capsized off the Atlantic coast of Honduras during poor weather conditions, an armed forces spokesman said on Wednesday, in one of the country's worst-ever accidents at sea.

Forty-seven people were rescued after the accident near Puerto Lempira, said Jose Domingo Meza, the armed forces spokesman.

Various boats have gathered off the Honduran coast for lobster-fishing season, which began this month and runs through February.

Another fishing boat capsized earlier in the day in the same region because of the poor weather, but all 49 people onboard were rescued, Meza said.

Honduras lobster exports generated $46 million in 2018, according to official data, and were sent mostly to the United States.

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