Captain guilty in Nicaraguan shipwreck that killed 13

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Managua (AFP)

The captain of a tourist boat that overturned in bad weather off Nicaragua's Caribbean coast killing 13 was found guilty of manslaughter Friday, judicial sources said.

Hilario Blandon faces up to four years in prison when he is sentenced on February 11, defense lawyers and the prosecution said.

Thirteen Costa Rican tourists died in the January 23 shipwreck, while another 24 passengers from Costa Rica, the United States, Britain and Brazil survived the accident.

Prosecutors accused Blandon of setting sail without authorization in bad weather.

Before the verdict and during the initial hearing, Blandon admitted his guilt: "I deeply regret the events where killed those people."