Fisherman's Dead Body Recovered From The Sea
Tonight the family of a 29 year old fisherman from the Village of San Andres in the Corozal District, is mourning his death after his body was recovered from the sea this morning at around 9:00. On Sunday, 27 Twenty seven year old Ryan Barahona and 29 year old Edwardo Dominguez headed out to sea in a small skiff.
Their destination was Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve near the Chetumal Bay. But halfway to their destination the men encountered bad weather which caused the boat to capsize about three to four miles east of Sarteneja Village. Dominguez kept afloat on an icebox while Barahona managed to swim to shore for help.
But by the time police and the Coast Guard arrived in the area where the boat had capsized, Dominguez was not a good swimmer, was nowhere in sight. Today the family’s worst fears proved true as Dominguez’s dead body was found floating near Cerros, approximately five to six miles from where the boat overturned. Victor Castillo reports from Corozal Town.
Victor Castillo – Reporting
After almost 72 hours, the search for 29 year old Edwardo Dominguez, who went missing on Sunday after the boat he was in capsized approximately three to four miles east of Sarteneja, ended this morning.
Dominguez’s body was found by the Coast Guard, floating near the Cerros Point at around 9:00 in an advance state of decomposition. That’s approximately five to six miles from where the boat Dominguez and 27 Twenty seven year old Ryan Barahona were travelling on capsized. Both men, accompanied by two dogs, headed out to sea on Sunday.
Before reaching Bacalar Chico, near the Chetumal Bay, a bad weather caused the vessel to capsize.
As mentioned last night, Dominguez was not a good swimmer so he stayed behind, hanging on to a white cooler, while Barajona swam to shore for help. Barajona swam for almost four hours using a gas tank to keep afloat. As soon as he set foot on land the incident was reported to the Coast Guard who immediately launched a search and rescue operation.
CTV3 News understands that the search team had to return to shore, specifically to Corozal Town to get assistance from the Police Department to retrieve the body from the area. Once the Detectives were on site, Dominguez’s body was brought back to shore.
As the victim’s family waited by the Corozal pier for the Coast Guard to return with the remains of their loved one, we spoke to them about the dreadful incident.
Ismael – Family member
“Lo encontramos como hace unos veinte y cinco minutos flotando en la área de, más arriba de la punta de Cerros y desafortunadamente sin vida y estamos esperando nada más asistencia de la policía para ir a recuperar y sacar el cuerpo. Después de tantos días, nosotros y la esperanza mía y con la ayuda de Dios esperábamos que lo encontráramos con vida, todavía había esperanzas y fe bastante, todos nosotros nuestra familia pero cosas suceden.”
Victor Castillo – Reporter
“En qué condiciones encontraron el cuerpo?”
Ismael – Family member
“Estaba ya empezándose hacer decompose y por eso estamos esperando a que llegue la policía.”
Dominquez’s body was transported to the Corozal Community Hospital’s morgue where an autopsy was performed. He was buried immediately after due to the advance state of the decomposition.
Dominquez is survived by his mother, Paula Dominquez, Father Cristiano Cayetano, 4 sisters, 5 brothers, and a number of nieces, nephews and friends.