13 Costa Ricans dead in shipwreck off Nicaragua
MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Thirteen Costa Ricans died Saturday when a small ship carrying 32 tourists from Central America and the United States sank off Nicaragua’s Little Corn Island in the Caribbean, officials said.
Nicaraguan government spokeswoman and First Lady Rosario Murillo said that “of the 32 passengers, 13 lost their lives, all of them are Costa Rican.”
She said the other passengers survived and were taken to nearby Big Corn Island.
“This is a big tragedy,” she said.
“They were tourists vacationing in Little Corn Island and they headed off even though, according to our navy, they were told they shouldn’t.”
The Corn Islands, made up of Big Corn Island and Little Corn Island, are located around 70 kilometers (45 miles) off the coast of the southern Nicaraguan town of Bluefields. Although remote, they are becoming increasingly popular with tourists.
Most of the Costa Ricans who died were women according to a list from Costa Rica’s foreign ministry identifying all 13.
It said two of the Costa Ricans killed were U.S. residents.
A ministry spokeswoman said the survivors comprised 13 Costa Ricans, two U.S. citizens, two Britons, one Brazilian and one Nicaraguan, as well as the captain and his crewmate.
Media reports said the captain, who also owns the vessel, was arrested after being rescued, as authorities began an investigation.
Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís declared a national day of mourning for Monday, Jan. 25.
“The government of Costa Rica sends its most sincere condolences to the Costa Rican families mourning today the loss of a loved one,” Solís said in a news release Sunday.
You may be interested
USNS Comfort mission to arrive in Costa Rica this weekendAlejandro Zúñiga - July 16, 2019
Costa Rica will receive this weekend the USNS Comfort, a United States Navy hospital ship, as part of the vessel's…
Pic of the Day: The works of Costa Rican artist Jorge Jiménez DerediaAFP and The Tico Times - July 16, 2019
Today's featured photo shows the sculpture "Genesis de Huevo" by Italy-based Costa Rican artist Jorge Jiménez Deredia as it appeared…
Costa Rican students continue protests over public education programsMonserrat Cordero Parra and Rita Valverde / Semanario Universidad - July 15, 2019
Costa Rican high school students demonstrated Monday in front of the Rofas Building in San José and closed educational centers…