The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Six castaways were rescued Sunday by officers of the National Guard after the boat they were traveling in capsized in Golfito, Costa Rica.

Araya Martín Arias, director of the Coast Guard, said the patrol officers of the GC82-2 Santamaría observed a panga type boat was sinking in Cocoa Beach at the precise moment when they sailed for that sector of the Golfo Dulce.

The Coast Guard came to the rescue of people in a lifeboat, as to reach the site and the panga was completely submerged.

Among those rescued was the operator of the boat that was identified as Orlando Perez Molina, 83.The other passengers are Barquero Carlos Flores, 44, Harold Flores Rojas, 24, Sonia Martínez Mora, 30, Stuar Vargas Martinez, who is under 13 and Ana Rojas Calderon, 34, who counld not swim, and suffers from hypertension, which caused a nervous breakdown.

Officers coordinated with the Red Cross in Golfito to give her assistance once they reached the pier. The others that were rescued did not need medical attention.

All passengers of the panga are locals, they had left the center of Golfito bound for Cocoa Beach, but none of them were wearing lifejackets.

The collapse was caused by overloading the ship, as it was only five meters long and devoid of any type of communication device.

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica