Shipwreck crew member rescued to go to jail

Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública photo Stranded fishermen use a makeshift raft.

When the Perla III ran aground in the early hours of Wednesday, the problems were just beginning for one member of a fishing boat crew.

The boat captain and the two-person crew ended up on a nearby small island after having sent a distress call. The heavy seas and the shallow, rocky area near Punta Guiones was a problem for the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas from the Flamingo station.

Eventually the trio packaged their belongs in on a makeshift raft and swam to the waiting rescue launch.

Coast guard crewmen checked the identification of the captain, Oscar Cerdas Abarca, 44, and Juan Pablo Martínez Bustos, 57. But when they came to the crew member with the last names of Aragón Calderón they found out he had been a fugitive from justice for two years, they said. The 29-year-old man faces a charge of sexual abuse of a minor, and he was taken into custody.

Meanwhile the remaining crew members were making plans to pull the Perla III from the sand spit where she had run aground.

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