Immediately, Willy requested coordinates for Alvarenga and Córdoba’s location. However, the GPS was no longer working, and the fishermen were unable to identify their position. Instead, Willy ordered them to lay anchor, but Alvarenga had neglected to include one on the trip.
Undaunted, Willy reassured the two men that help was on its way. After receiving a report of the missing boat, Chiapas authorities launched a search and rescue mission. But according to official Jaime Marroquín, poor visibility meant they were forced to cancel search flights after just 48 hours.