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Isla Mujeres boat captain to stand trial for manslaughter

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — An Isla Mujeres boat captain who was arrested after a capsize claimed the lives of four will stand trial. A Cancun judge has ordered boat captain Ramón Guadalupe “N” to remain in custody during his legal process.

In a statement from the State Attorney General (FGE) of Quintana Roo, a Cancun judge declared his detention as legal and granted the defense of the accused the extension.

The FGE says Ramón Guadalupe “N” will stand trial “for the crime of manslaughter to the detriment of four victims whose identities are withheld.”

“The events to which the accused is related occurred on January 29, around 7:00 p.m., after the sinking of a recreational boat that came from Isla Mujeres with 17 tourists and two crew members on board,” they said.

Video still shots (below) show other vessels coming to the rescue of the capsized boat. At least two other vessels participated in the rescue of the tourists who were dumped into the sea.

Men identified by their staff shirts as Juanito and Adan from another boat are seen throwing lifelines to the passengers of the overturned vessel. Adan is seen pulling six of those boat passengers with hand-over-hand rope pulls to his boat.

The first investigations indicate that the boat left Puerto Juárez shortly before 3:00 p.m. to go to Isla Mujeres where they remained visiting the island. The boat departed Isla Mujeres at 6:20 p.m. to return to Puerto Juárez.

“During the journey, a wave allegedly caused people to move from place to place and due to the weight, water entered through the bow and sank the boat in which a total of 19 people were traveling.

“As a result of this accident, four tourists, two women, a man and a minor lost their lives, while another female person remains hospitalized and her health condition is reported as serious,” the agency reported in an official statement.

Other occupants of the boat were discharged, as they did not suffer serious injuries.

A judge has ordered Ramón Guadalupe “N” to remain in preventive detention and granted the defense of the accused the extension of the constitutional term. The process will resume February 5, 2024.