Monday, April 13th, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting:The Belize National Coast Guard has acquired a reputation for fast acting to save lives on the sea in marine incidents.
On Sunday evening a rescue boat went out on a call south of the Stake Bank area to save a group of fishermen. Petty Officer Class 3 Edwards says they responded to a call for search and rescue around 3:00 in the afternoon and went to the area within fifteen minutes.
The fishermen were drifting in the choppy water after suffering engine problems, with the boat’s anchor failing to hold. The Coast Guard towed them into Belize City, avoiding possible drifting off into stronger waters.
The boats touched ashore in a shallow area after a rough go on heavy seas. Officer Edwards says there is a lesson in Sunday’s near-tragedy turned to narrow escape – the Coast Guard will always be on watch, but the fishermen are his own best friend when he realizes that he cannot take his equipment for granted and maintain a means of communication. There are many variables to life at sea and one must always be prepared.
In emergencies the Coast Guard can be contacted by Marine Radio Channel 16 or telephone number 225-2125.