Friday, June 12th 2015. BMG: The 65 foot Guatemalan navy vessel that ran aground on Belize’s reef on Wednesday night around 11:23pm is still stuck on the Belize reef.
According to reports, the timeline for removing the vessel from the reef is uncertain, and the boat is being treated the same as any other civilian, commercial vessel which would run aground on the reef.
“We are waiting for members of the marine casualty investigation team, which comprises of the Department of Environment along with Fisheries, the Belize Coast Guard and the Port Authority,” Elton Bennet of the Belize National Coast Guard told the media yesterday afternoon.
“Once those investigators reach on scene, what we will do is an initial dive to do an assessment of the damage done to the reef as is. The vessel will then be removed and the investigators will conduct another dive to do an assessment to see the damage caused when the vessel was pulled off the reef and also the damage caused from where the vessel stood initially” he added when asked how GOB will go about assessing the reef damages.
The Guatemalan navy vessel was heading to Mexico when it experienced mechanical failures and ran aground Belize’s reef. It is interesting to note that the vessel was not in international waters but in Belize’s waters when the incident occurred.
The Belize Coast Guard remains on board of the navy vessel until it is removed from the reef.
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