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Thirteen People Die After Tourist Boat Capsizes Off Of Corn Islands

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MANAGUA — Thirteen people are dead after a tourist boat capsized in the Caribbean Sea off the Central American coast on Saturday.

Edward and Charlotte Beckett had been on board the Reina del Caribe when it got into trouble 43 miles off the coast of Nicaragua, a family member said.

The pair were rescued along with two American tourists, two newly-married British nationals, three Nicaraguans and 12 Costa Ricans.

All the dead were said to be Costa Rican nationals, mostly women.

The boat reportedly got into difficulty in rain and high winds travelling between the Corn Islands, a popular tourist destination.

The Nicaraguan navy’s commander for the southern Caribbean region, Mario Berrios, said the boat’s captain and owner had been detained because the vessel had not been given permission to sail in the bad weather.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are aware of the sinking of a passenger boat between Corn Island and Little Corn Island in the Caribbean Sea on 23 January.

“We are in touch with the local authorities and providing consular assistance to affected British nationals.”

A family member confirmed the newly-married Becketts had been on the stricken vessel, adding “they’re ok.”

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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