At least 27 fishermen died after a fishing vessel capsized and sank during bad weather Wednesday in the Caribbean off Honduras' northern coast, the Central American country's military says. The AP reports that nine people are missing and 55 others have been rescued. Jose Domingo Meza, a spokesman for the military, said the vessel, the Capt. Waly, set out in weather not appropriate for fishing and was lost at least 40 nautical miles offshore.
The Caribbean commercial fishermen's association in Honduras says nearby boats were summoned to the scene to pick up the survivors. The sinking apparently occurred near Cayo Gorda, an area northeast of the easternmost point of the Honduran coast. Authorities say another fishing vessel with 49 men aboard also sank or capsized in the same area earlier, but all aboard were rescued.
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