Two women and four children spent Wednesday night and Thursday morning clinging to an overturned boat some three miles off Quepos. They were the survivors of a mishap that took the lives of two men.
The crew of the tour boat Tom Cat II spotted the survivors and the craft shortly before 10 a.m., said the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública. The boat crew alerted authorities as they rescued the survivors.
The boat was a six-meter (nearly 20 feet) panga, an open boat that had not been registered and did not have a name, said the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas. The boat overturned about 5 p.m. Wednesday, said officials.
The survivors went to the Hospital de Quepos with hypohermia and sunburn. A coast guard crew quickly located the body of one man, later identified by the last name of Madrigal by the Judicial Investigating Organization. He was about 45 years old, agents said.
Boat crews and members of the Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea spent the rest of the day trying to locate the second man. They found his body about 4:45 p.m.
He was identified by the last name of Requenes.
Judicial investigator still are trying to piece together what happened. The trip seems to have been sightseeing. Charges are unlikely because officials said that Requenes appears to have been the man in charge of the boat.