Ferry explosion 'injures a dozen people' in Mexico

Ferry explosion

A ferry has been struck by an explosion in Mexico, reportedly injuring around a dozen people who were on board.

The Ministry of Public Security of Quintana Roo said on Twitter it was working with authorities to investigate the explosion at the port.

Police in Quintana Roo say the victims were taken into care in various hospitals. Local Civil Defense director Juan Medina Sosa said 20 Mexicans, three Canadians and two Americans were injured, but all were in good condition. There were no fatalities.

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A dramatic footage has emerged showing explosion in a tourist ferry at Mexican beach leaving at least 25 people injured.

"We were on a pier, walking to our ferry to take a trip to Cozumel and the ferry on the right side exploded", John said, describing the explosion.

Fire engulfs the front section of a burning ferry as fire fighters battle the blaze off the shore of Merak city, January 28, 2011.

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Videos uploaded to social media showed emergency crews nursing injured people at the dock and people rushing for help.

Authorities in Quintana Roo are now investigating the shocking incident.

The ferry was en route to Conzumel from Playa del Carmen early Wednesday.

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