6 Belizeans detained by Guatemalan Navy

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Posted: Monday, October 17, 2016. 7:48 p.m. CST.

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By BBN Staff: The Government of Belize (GOB) has issued a press release informing the public that six (6) Belizeans were detained earlier this afternoon by a Guatemalan coastal patrol vessel while they were fishing in the Gulf of Honduras.

According to the release, the Guatemalan coastal patrol vessel intercepted the Belizeans in an area at sea at a point between the mouth of the Moho River, Toledo District, Belize and Punta de Manabique, Izabal, Guatemala. The Guatemalan Navy claimed that the Belizeans were illegally fishing in Guatemala.

“After prompt intervention and coordination by Belizean diplomatic and military officials, along with their Guatemalan counterparts, the Belizeans were thereafter released and returned to the location where they were first encountered,” the release states.

The 6 Belizeans are now safely back in the town of Punta Gorda where they will be debriefed by Belizean security officials to ascertain all the facts surrounding the incident.

 

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