• Costa Rica Coffee Guide
  • Costa Rica Travel Insurance

The Foxi Lady is on fire! 5 US boaters rescued at sea after onboard fire sinks ship

June 17, 2014

The Costa Rican Coast Guard and firefighters from Puntarenas rescued five U.S. boaters off the coast of Playa Hermosa, Garabito, after a fire broke out on board a sport fishing boat Monday.

The Foxi Lady, a 42-foot boat, left Los Sueños Marina in Playa Herradura to go fishing Monday morning, but the day soon soured. Around 9 a.m., when the vessel was about a mile out, a fire started in the motor. Los Sueños Marina did not specify to The Tico Times what caused the fire, saying only that there was an explosion on board.

The captain, Peter Wishney of San Clemente, California, radioed for help, and Coast Guard from Caldera arrived at 9:50 a.m. with firefighters from Puntarenas and the marina in tow.

Despite efforts of the crew and firefighters, the fire consumed the boat and the vessel sank at 10:45 a.m., according to a statement from the Coast Guard.

Wishney and four other family members on board escaped the fire in an emergency boat. No one was injured.

You may be interested

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Thursday, August 13
Coronavirus
21925 views
Coronavirus
21925 views

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Thursday, August 13

Alejandro Zúñiga - August 13, 2020

Costa Rica announced nine new coronavirus-related deaths over the past day for a total of 272, according to official data…

Costa Rica expands list of authorized countries from which it welcomes tourists
Costa Rica
80 views
Costa Rica
80 views

Costa Rica expands list of authorized countries from which it welcomes tourists

Alejandro Zúñiga - August 13, 2020

Costa Rica has expanded the list of countries from which it allows international visitors, authorities announced Thursday. The expanded list…

Young Latinos vent pandemic fury after lost 2020
Latin America
1285 views
Latin America
1285 views

Young Latinos vent pandemic fury after lost 2020

Michelle DELAROSA / AFP - August 13, 2020

For four young adults across Latin America, 2020 was meant to be a year of freedom and opportunity. Instead, the…