Hilaro Blandón, owner and captian of the Reyna del Caribe that capsized on Jan. 23, 2016, claiming the lives of 13 Costa Ricans. PHoto LA PRENSA/J. Flores

TODAY NICARAGUA – Hilaro Blandón, the owner and captain of the boat that capsized on January 23, 2016, claiming the lives of 13 Costa Ricans, pleaded guilty to the charge of reckless homicide.

The plea was accepted by Judge William Larios this Friday morning.

The Fiscalia (prosecutor’s office) has called for the maximum sentence of four years in prison, meanwhile the defence has asked for the minimum two-year sentence.

Sentencing will be on February 11, 2016.


According to testimony by Shura Welcome, a judge of the municipality of Corn Island and a survivor, said the boat capsized after being hit by the third wave. Welcome said the when the boat was hit by the first wave on the right, all (passengers) were throw to the left, then a second wave cause imbalance and the third wave sent everyone in the water.