At least nine people died and another three were injured Tuesday after two fishing boats crashed into each other off the coast of the Peruvian port of Pisco, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) south of Lima.
The accident occurred at 1:00 a.m. when the vessels Tasa 147 and Marisol II collided for reasons as yet undetermined, 3 miles north of the Chincha Islands and 15 miles from the port, the navy said in a statement.
The collision caused the Marisol II to capsize with a crew of 15 aboard, of whom three have been rescued alive and nine were drowned.
The harbor master’s office in Pisco immediately dispatched a speedboat to the scene of the accident together with coast guard personnel on ships near the place the shipwreck occurred.
Also sent to the area were three patrol boats, a helicopter with a rescue crew, and a Fokker aircraft with 12 expert divers.
An investigation is underway to determine the causes of the accident.