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Skippers Of Crashed Hydrofoil Get Prison Terms

October 23, 1987

MIAMI (AP) _ The skippers of two Cuban hydrofoils that collided near Havana last December, killing four people and injuring 40, have been sentenced to prison, Cuban government radio reported Thursday.

The captains of the Soviet-made Comet crafts were identified as Angel Verdecia, sentenced to four years in prison, and Pedro Jualo Morales, sentenced to an eight-year term, Radio Reloj said in a broadcast monitored in Miami.

The wreck occurred when the Comets were ferrying passengers between Batabano Port and the Isle of Youth, formerly the Isle of Pines, off Havana province. The hydrofoils belong to the state-owned Caribbean Navigation Enterprise.

Charges against the two skippers in the Provincial People’s Court of Havana were murder, inflicting injury and damaging property.

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