“There are no missing or dead people” due to the accident 1,000 km from the continental coast, indicated the ECU911 Security Service.
According to the agency, “nine people, including crew members (pilot and co-pilot) and passengers of the aircraft” arrived at the Tiburón dock in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (capital of San Cristóbal) and were taken to a hospital.
“All people are in good health,” he added.
A source from ECU911 told AFP that the group included a Chilean citizen.
In a video released by the emergency service, several people, including a woman with a girl in her arms, are seen leaving the pier on foot accompanied by soldiers and in the rain.
The agency, the public force and the Ministry of Health coordinated the “care” for the passengers who fell “into the sea approximately one mile (1.6 km) from Punta Carola beach,” in San Cristóbal, one of the islands. populated areas located to the east of the island province.
The aircraft crashed shortly after taking off from San Cristóbal en route to Isabela Island, the largest of the Galapagos Islands located to the west.
The rescue took place with the help of private boats that were in the area, according to the Navy.
The military institution activated a “contingency plan to prevent environmental impact” due to the risk of contamination.
“We are taking the respective actions to also preserve the marine and coastal environment,” the regional director of Aquatic Spaces and Insular Coast Guard, captain Ramiro Armijos, said in a video.
Galapagos, part of the biosphere reserve, has unique flora and fauna in the world and its ecosystem is delicate.
The archipelago, which takes its name from the rare giant tortoises that live there, served the English naturalist Charles Darwin to develop the theory on the evolution of species.
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