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18 years after another Costa Rica catamaran accident, changes in maritime laws still pending

Luis Fernando Coronado, director of the Public Works and Transport Ministry’s (MOPT) Maritime-Port Administration, told The Tico Times in a telephone interview that since the 1997 accident there have not been any updates to rules governing MOPT’s ability to punish private and passenger ships for violating maritime safety and administrative requirements or heeding Coast Guard recommendations. The closest thing to a new change has been the Aquatic Navigation bill, which has yet to be passed by the Legislative Assembly after more than two years.

Life jackets not distributed before Costa Rica catamaran began sinking, killing 3, says president’s office

The Prosecutor’s Office and the Judicial Investigation Police have opened an investigation into the causes of the Pura Vida Princess catamaran accident to determine whether or not the ship’s captain was negligent, Tatiana Vargas, spokeswoman for the Prosecutor’s Office confirmed to The Tico Times.

A Costa Rica day cruise turns into a nightmare as catamaran capsizes, leaving 3 dead

Early Thursday morning, 99 vacationers boarded the Pura Vida Princess, a 100-foot catamaran, in Playa Herradura on Costa Rica's central Pacific coast for an all inclusive day trip to Tortuga Island. Roughly 30 minutes later, at about 8:40 a.m., the ship issued a distress call and quickly sank in high winds and rough sea off the coast of the beach town of Punta Leona. Three passengers died.

Death toll at 3 in Costa Rica catamaran accident

A boat carrying at least 98 people issued a distress call at 8:40 a.m. on Thursday stating that it was sinking 6 nautical miles off the coast of Punta Leona in the Pacific Ocean, according to the Public Security Ministry on its Twitter account. Ten crew members were on board.

US tourist rescued at sea in southern Pacific

A Costa Rican boat rescued a 63-year-old tourist from the United States in a mysterious accident at sea in southern Costa Rica last Friday, the Public Security Ministry reported.

US tanker saves Ticos, Nicaraguan lost in Caribbean Sea

The three Central Americans were adrift in the Caribbean Sea after the two motors on board the 6.5-meter boat failed.
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