U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) crew members board a self-propelled semi-submersible suspected drug smuggling vessel (SPSS) June.
2 Troops Die Trying to Save Cpt's Vehicle
A cadet and soldier from the Bolivian army drowned on November 19 after being dragged by the strong water currents of the Quirpinchaca river, swollen by heavy rains that fell in the southern Bolivian city of Sucre. Video footage of the incident showed the owner of the vehicle, a military chief and other soldiers trying to rescue the vehicle floating in the river. The victims were then dragged away by the currents after unsuccessfully trying to drag the vehicle to a safer location. The bodies of cadet Luis Estter and soldier Alan Alvarez were rescued 15 kilometres (9.3 miles) from the point where they went missing, close to the town of Yotala, with the help of other troops and volunteers.