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27 Nicaraguans found after shipwreck in Caribbean Sea

10-26-2011 09:05 BJT

MANAGUA, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- The 27 Nicaraguan people missing after a shipwreck since last Sunday in the Caribbean Sea were found alive by a fishing boat, Nicaraguan presidential spokeswoman Rosario Murillo said Tuesday.

Local authorities from the city of Bilwi in the northern Caribbean country had informed President Daniel Ortega that "a fishing boat found the shipwrecked boat with the 27 missing people" said Murillo.

Murillo told a local radio station that all the people missing were found "healthy and save."

Ortega said Monday that the Air and Navy forces had launched a operation to search for the shipwrecked people.

Over the past days, Nicaragua has been hit by torrential downpours. The lashing rains and ensuing flood have claimed 16 lives and left an estimated 150,000 people homeless.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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