The boat left in heavy winds on a clear with with ten crew and ninety eight pax from various countries celebrating holidays in paradise.
Fire erupted somewhere unknown at the moment giving mechanical problems to the boat resulting in its loss of manueverability. Broadside to the onslaught of gale force winds and an ocean with over 24 hours of wind previously and battered by large waves the Pura Vida took on water as the Capt. told them to get to one side of the boat. Listing suddenly out of control sloshing tons of seawater and waves mixed with terrorized people grabbing for their children, wives, husbands and lovers the boats heavy dysfuntional machinery quickly sunk to the bottom five hundred feet below leaving its contents at the mercy of the gods of nature. Quick responses from Cargo ships and over 30 fishing boats, numerous heliopters over 49 ambulances and hundreds of Red Cross volunteers, many of which dont speak a word of “tourist” helped to control the situation and bring it to a quick close. The Captain is alive and probably a hero in many ways although responsability is responsability, alas he is in jail. Investigation pending. Search still ongoing for 4 missing people at sea or in the wreckage. Godspeed