PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua — Rescue crews in Nicaragua have found a fishing boat that capsized in the Caribbean last week with 50 people aboard and are searching for 18 crew members who remain missing, authorities said Sunday.
The MN Wayward Wind was overturned by a huge wave five days ago about 35 nautical miles southeast of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, survivors said. Thirty-two of those on board either were rescued or managed to reach shore on their own. One survivor later died from sunburn and dehydration.
Survivor Sabio Robles Lerian, 58, told The Associated Press that the boat left port on Dec. 8 for a 15-day trip fishing for lobsters. The next morning, screams from on deck alerted him that something bad was happening.
“It was 3 in the morning, I was in my bunk when I heard people screaming ‘big wave!’ There was a powerful movement, I fell to the floor and all of a sudden water was rushing in,” said Robles.
He said he struggled to escape from inside the boat and when he reached the surface he saw other fishermen on the hull of the overturned vessel shouting the names of crew members.
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