A Canadian, two Americans and five Hondurans were found alive Wednesday in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Honduras, where the speedboat they were riding on disappeared last weekend, authorities said.
The boat was adrift 8 kilometers (5 miles) from the island of Santa Elena, near Roatan.
U.S. citizens Leon Coello, 18, and Amber Burkelt, 16, along with 20-year-old Canadian Tasha Brown were admitted to a hospital in the Caribbean coastal city of La Ceiba.
Also rescued were Honduran citizens Gustavo Lonrens, 25; Gary Zelaya, 22; Annie Bernard, 28; Alex Bodden, 16; and Adan Centeno, 19.
“We still don’t know what the health condition of the people is. We know that they are dehydrated because they have had no water in four days,” emergency services official Andy Lopez said.
Honduran authorities also reported on Tuesday the rescue of four other people, all of them foreigners, who had disappeared last Saturday while on board a sailboat.
Lopez confirmed on Wednesday that the foreigners are “safe and sound” identifying them as Frazer Haliday and Allister Haliday - both South Africans - Kate Brabant of New Zealand and Susana Grassi of Argentina.