Jose Vega skipper of the ‘Nuevo Pepita Aurora’
Jose Vega skipper of the ‘Nuevo Pepita Aurora’

THE skipper of a boat which sank off the coast of Cadiz has been ordered to pay up €1.4 million for ‘imprudence’.

Eight people died 14 miles off the coast of Barbate during a storm in 2007.

The Algeciras court sentenced skipper Jose Vega to 18 months in prison, as well as ordering payments of €150,000 to the families of each deceased victim and €35,000 to each of the seven survivors.

The combination of heavy cargo and blocked drainage saw the boat, the ‘Nuevo Pepita Aurora’, go down in just seven seconds.

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