Boat mishap near Los Haitises Park: 4 tourists missing and feared dead
The Armada (Navy) has announced that they have recovered the bodies of three women who drowned when a boat, around 18 feet in length and carrying nine passengers, overturned off the coast of Samana.
The victims are Carla Mabel Reyes, Rosanna Vargas and Milqueya Cecilia Vargas Saldana, whose bodies were recovered. Missing are Jovanny Quezada, Alberto Santiago Rivera Núñez, Félix Quezada and Francisco Almonte.
There are two survivors of the boating accident, Ruth Capellan, who was able to swim to shore as well as the captain of the boat, Vertilio Nunez, who is currently recovering in hospital. The Navy is continuing the search for four others who are missing.
According to their report, the boat left at 10:30 am from Samana, heading towards Los Haitises on an excursion. The accident was reported at 6 pm when survivor Capellan reached shore.
The Armada worked together with local fishermen to try and locate the others on board.
The boat apparently had left Samana without receiving authorization from the Armada Dominicana. The Armada said the boat captain was aware that the weather conditions were not favorable for the excursion. In addition there were no life jackets on board.
The Armada says that the four couples were vacationing in Samana and hired the boat for the excursion to Los Haitises.
Source: DR1, Eldia
Aug 2, 2016
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