American-Registered Vessel Grounded in Area of Belize Waters

Posted: Monday, September 5, 2016. 12:53 p.m. CST.


By BBN Staff: A press release from the GOB Press Office is reporting that a civilian vessel which is registered in Delaware, USA was grounded this weekend on the barrier reef in the area of Hatchet Caye in southern Belize.

According to the press release, onboard the vessel were three Colombians, four Guatemalans and one American Citizen.

The incident reportedly took place on the Belize Barrier Reef around 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 3rd and was relayed to the Coast Guard by the Fisheries Department.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs have confirmed with Guatemalan Authorities that the vessel left the Port of Livingston, Guatemala bound for Big Creek, Belize sometime after 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 2nd.

The press release ends by saying that the “Belize Coast Guard has secured the area and a task force comprising of the Department of Environment, Immigration and the Belize Port Authority deploys today, Monday, September 5th to further examine the scene and determine what further actions will be taken.”

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2 Responses to American-Registered Vessel Grounded in Area of Belize Waters

  1. Sean Faux Reply

    September 5, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    This incident was handled poorly by all relevant authorities except for the Belize National Coast Guard and the Belize Fisheries Department. Mr. Kenrick Young from the DOE dragged his feet as he always does. He mentioned he left Placencia at 8 am, then 9, then 10 and so on, not arriving until 3:30 pm. He also gave the tugboat authorization to move the vessel without the DOE present who should have been present as the damage assessment team before and after the removal of the vessel. As a former marine enforcement officer who have worked alongside Mr. Young and witness of his incompetence at performing his duties in this southern area. We all speak of saving the reef as we know how fragile and important it is in many sectors of our heritage and economy to name a few. This incident has played out as a big joke on the part of the DOE as always when it comes to Mr. Young as it is always a party at least when it comes to performing his duties in and around the Placencia area. My people please take heed as it is not getting better.

  2. Belize guy Reply

    September 6, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Why is Mr Young still employed in that capacity? Political connection? Favor?

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