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BO­GOTA: Twenty-eight Ja­maican sailors who es­caped a fire were alive and well af­ter be­ing res­cued by the Colom­bian navy in the Caribbean, au­thor­i­ties said on Satur­day (Sun­day in Manila). The sailors were trav­el­ing on the fish­ing boat “Real Magic” when it caught fire late on Thurs­day or early on Fri­day, and they took to life rafts to await help, Rear Ad­mi­ral Juan Fran­cisco Her­rera, a navy com­man­der in Colombia’s San An­dres and Prov­i­den­cia area, told AFP. The cap­tain of the boat man­aged to alert the Ja­maican embassy us­ing a satel­lite phone. The embassy con­tacted Colom­bian au­thor­i­ties and asked them to search for the ship­wrecked sailors south of Cayo Ser­ranilla Is­land, which they did with the sup­port of US air­craft. A mer­chant ship from Sin­ga­pore that had just emerged from the Panama Canal “man­aged to find them, boarded (and) hy­drated them,” be­fore leav­ing the sailors with the Colom­bian navy ship that trav­eled to the area, Her­rera said. Sev­eral of the sailors had first and sec­ond de­gree burns on their ex­trem­i­ties, as well as symp­toms of dehydration, the Colom­bian mil­i­tary said in a state­ment.

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