Search Ends for Missing Sport Fishing Boat

August 19, 2005

THE search for a sport fishing boat that disappeared off the coast near Playa Flamingo in the northern Pacific province of Guanacaste three weeks ago was called off Sunday, the Coast Guard reported. Five passengers were aboard: captain Harold González, 27, his brother, shipmate Danilo González, 23, and Mallel Gómez Alanis, 16, all Costa Ricans, as well as Mark Vockery, 42, and Laura McCloud, 41, a couple from the United States on their honeymoon.“There is no sign of the boat. Nothing,” Coast Guard station director Manuel Silva told The Tico Times.The boat left shore July 29 without a zarpe – permission from the Maritime Authority to venture more than three miles offshore – and without a certificate of seaworthiness, meaning it had not been inspected for compliance with safety regulations. Although hundreds of boats leave shore without certification, according to Fernando Coronado, head of the Maritime Authority (TT, Aug. 12), officials are examining the possibility of applying an administrative sanction against the boat, the Kingfisher, should it appear.In a frustrating twist, the search was called off the day after it began when radio callers reported the passengers had been rescued and were aboard a shrimping boat. The search resumed the following day once officials determined the report was false; the Coast Guard considered making a legal complaint against the callers, but this week announced it would not do so.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Bribrí women commemorate Sergio Rojas and vow to keep his fight alive
Human rights
505 views
Human rights
505 views

Bribrí women commemorate Sergio Rojas and vow to keep his fight alive

Alexander Villegas - March 24, 2019

About 30 indigenous leaders, friends and family of Sergio Rojas gathered in the indigenous Bribrí community of Shiroles, about 20…

The planet loses 40 soccer fields worth of forests every minute
Climate Change
713 views
Climate Change
713 views

The planet loses 40 soccer fields worth of forests every minute

Michelle Soto / Latin Clima - March 24, 2019

In just 10 years the planet has lost 945,345 km2 of natural forests, a little over the total size of…

Slothy Sunday: The death grip
Environment & Wildlife
490 views
Environment & Wildlife
490 views

Slothy Sunday: The death grip

The Tico Times - March 24, 2019

With their long claws and strong muscles, sloths have a powerful grip. Their bodies are so conditioned to hanging from…