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Posted: Monday, September 5, 2016. 12:58 pm CST.

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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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