|© La Republica|
(LIP-ir) — On Friday September 8, ‘Nebeska Voda’, a yacht belonging to Aqua Tours SAC, left the Marina Yacht Club in Callao at 10:45 p.m and sunk at 11:45 p.m., never making it back to the club.
The yacht was to go on a one hour touristic tour with 46 passengers and 4 crew members on board. The yacht was reported to have sunk almost 2 kilometers from the dock.
According to Peru’s La Republica newspaper, all of the passengers on the yacht were young and had just left a Miraflores night club. It was reported that the passengers on board were in two groups.
One of the groups was having a farewell party for a co-worker leaving the Kimberly Clark company for the United States, while the other group of youngsters was having a bachelor party for a friend.
Peru’s Ministry of Transport and Communications reported today that Aqua Tours SAC, owners of the ‘Nebeska Voda’ had all of the necessary permits and documentation to provide tours for the public. The ‘Nebeska Voda’ was authorized to transport no more than 63 passengers and was certified as a safe means of transport.
At 11:45 p.m. the yacht, just 10 minutes before docking, sank with its 50 passengers on board. It was reported that the passengers were in the water between 30 and 45 minutes before Peru’s coastguard and fishermen rescued them.
49 of the 50 people on board survived the accident. Peru’s coastguard reported that many of the passengers were found with symptoms of hypothermia while several others were injured. 25-year-old Zarella Nicole Lezama Durand did not survive the accident. Zarella was an administrator at Kimberly Clark and had studied at Peru’s Pacifico University.