Boat that overturned in gulf had 50 persons onboard

The number of persons plucked from the gulf of Nicoya has more than doubled after official reports became available.

The Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas said that 50 persons were rescued Sunday when the fishing boat Dixiana overturned. The boat was loaded with residents of Roble, Puntarenas, who were making an annual trip to Isla Tortuga to celebrate the holidays.

The Guardacostas confirmed that the boat was overloaded. Wind and rough seas were the reason the boat overturned,
said those who helped with the incident.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional had issued a maritime warning, and waves were up to two meters, said participants. That’s more than six feet.

Some 40 adults, including elderly, and 10 children were rescued. When the boat overturned, many of the passengers crawled atop the hull and awaited rescue. Boats nearby made the initial rescue, and the Guardacosta took the lucky passengers to the agency’s Puntarenas station.

A.M. Costa Rica reported incorrectly Monday that there were 20 passengers on the boat.

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