Colombia's navy rescued a citizen of this country and two Panamanians from a Hong Kong-flagged sailboat that had gone adrift in waters of the Pacific Ocean, naval authorities said.

According to a communique from the navy, the boat had set sail from the Ecuadorian port of Manta and was headed for Balboa in Panama when it went adrift due to a breakdown of its motors.

Friday's rescue took place at 6 nautical miles (some 11 kilometers) from the town of Juanchacho in the southwestern province of Valle del Cauca, and the three crew members were in an advanced state of dehydration when naval personnel found them.

In 2013, the Colombian navy has rescued 290 people and recovered 34 vessels adrift in the Pacific Ocean. EFE