Coastal freighter with 13 people missing in Caribbean
Small coastal freighter MISS JOHANA BETSEY with 13 people on board is missing in Caribbean, off Nicaragua coast, since June 29, said officials on July 4. Last contact is dated June 29, in Corn Islands area, east of Bluefields, South Caribbean Autonomous Region in Nicaragua. Vessel had EPIRB on board, but it wasn’t activated, no distress signal issued by other means. Waters in the area are heavily trafficked, but there are no alert messages from passing vessels. SAR was launched by Nicaragua authorities, deploying Navy ships.