Caribbean Boat Capsizes Killing 13

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Corn Islands: Two Britons have reportedly been rescued after a tourist boat capsized in the Caribbean, killing 13 holidaymakers.The vessel capsized in poor weather killing 13 women, all Costa Rican nationals, as it sailed between two islands off the coast of south-eastern Nicaragua.

A source told the Sunday Express newspaper that a British man and woman were among 21 people rescued from the Reina del Caribe, Spanish for Caribbean Queen.

The boat got into difficulty in rain and high winds travelling between the Corn Islands, a popular tourist destination.

The vessel’s captain and owner have been detained on suspicion of breaking a ban on operating while stormy weather hit the region.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are aware of the sinking of a passenger boat between Corn Island and Little Corn Island in the Caribbean Sea on 23 January.

“We are in touch with the local authorities and providing consular assistance to affected British nationals.”

The Foreign Office declined to comment further.

Local authorities had reportedly suspended boat launches in the area due to high wind speeds that reached 25 to 30 knots (29 to 35 mph).

There have been several days of stormy weather around the remote islands.

Government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo told the official media portal El 19 Digital the incident had been “a great tragedy”.

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