QCOSTARICA – In response to a request from Costa Rican authorities, a team of 7 U.S. Coast Guards experts and divers will arrive this week to assist their Costa Rican counterparts in the safety investigation of the sinking of the Pura Vida Princess catamaran, which occurred on January 8, 2015 and resulted in the deaths of three people, including one American citizen.
During April 6-22, the group will work with the Costa Rican Coast Guard to try to establish the causes of the incident and the factors that may have influenced the sinking of the vessel, based on international safety protocols.
The group will include a dive team with special equipment for operating at depths of more than 60 meters.
The result of this collaboration will be a joint marine vessel casualty safety investigation report, issued within 5-7 months, which will be given to the Costa Rican authorities to help improve the safety of all passengers and passenger vessels in Costa Rica.
Sourc: US Embassy San José