Central American sailors on detained tug appeal to public for airfare home

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HALIFAX - Eight crew members of a Bolivian-flagged tugboat who are stranded in Halifax are appealing to the public for help to fly home to Central America.

The Mission to Seafarers is trying to raise between $12,000 and $15,000 to help the men return to their families in Honduras and El Salvador.

Milton Tabora, the captain of the Craig Trans, say Transport Canada detained the vessel due to safety deficiencies that range from water seeping through the decks to engine problems.

He says the vessel was travelling from Mexico to Montreal when a North Atlantic storm caused the crew to seek refuge in Halifax harbour on Dec. 18.

Tabora says seven crew members have asked the boat's owner, Vesta Shipping Line of New Jersey, for help but they haven't had any response.

The vessel's owner could not be reached for comment.

Organizations: Transport Canada

Geographic location: HALIFAX, Central America, Honduras El Salvador Mexico Montreal New Jersey

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