Husband to Face Charges in Model's Drowning Death

Police say he ignored warnings not to set sail in rough weather
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2019 2:40 AM CDT
Husband to Face Charges in Model's Drowning Death
Caroline Bittencourt.   (Wikimedia Commons/Yanguas)

A Brazilian model who drowned after falling into the ocean during rough weather last month died because of her husband's negligence, authorities say. Police say Jorge Sestini, husband of 37-year-old Caroline Bittencourt, will be charged with manslaughter because he failed to heed repeated warnings about dangerously high winds before heading out from a marina near Sao Paulo in a 16-foot catamaran, People reports. "We believe Jorge risked the life of Caroline and himself when he apparently ignored warnings about the impending bad weather," says Sao Sebastiao police detective Vanderley Pagliarini, per the New York Post.

Pagliarini says marina owner Leonardo Oliveira has told police he warned Sestini twice not to head out on April 28. Authorities believe Bittencourt probably wasn't wearing a life jacket when she was swept overboard. Sestini jumped into the water in an unsuccessful attempt to save his wife and was rescued about three hours later. Sestini has been ordered to report to a police station in Sao Paulo. If he is convicted, he will face one to three years in prison, according to G1 Global News. The model's family says that contrary to initial reports that she jumped into the water to try to save her two dogs, Bittencourt and the dogs were swept overboard at the same time. (Another Brazilian model died tragically the same week.)

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