Posted: Friday, May 27, 2016. 9:04 p.m. CST
The Guatemalan Navy states that the persons were detained when they were found disembarking from their vessel at the Punta Manabique Beach, Department of Izabal, Guatemala.
According to the Guatemalan Navy, seven of the eight individuals had in their possession Belizean fishing licenses, but no boat registration nor zarpe (a Guatemalan port authorization document).
The Guatemalan Navy has handed the individuals to Guatemalan Immigration officials and they were transported to Guatemala City for processing.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Belize Embassy staff in Guatemala, since receipt of this information early this afternoon, have confirmed the identities of those detained and have been in communication with the individuals to confirm they are in good health.
Government officials will continue to engage with Guatemalan and OAS representatives in this matter.
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