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Police investigating boat accident that killed Coast Guard Seaman Kiman Garcia

Posted: Wednesday, November 8, 2023. 10:31 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Tonight, the Belize Coast Guard (BCG) mourns its first member killed on duty in its relatively short 18-year history.

A police report states that around 2:45 this afternoon, Seaman Kiman Garcia and seven others left the Bacalar Chico Forward Operating Base en route to downtown San Pedro Town, having wrapped up an operation in north Ambergris Caye.

In the lagoon area, the boat captain felt a jerk as if he hit something. He lost control of the boat and Garcia and another Coast Guard fell out of the boat into the water. When the boat came to a stop Garcia was seen motionless in the water. He was retrieved and observed to be suffering from a severed left arm and cut wounds to the head and chin.

The seaman was transported to the San Pedro Polyclinic where upon arrival he was pronounced dead at 3:55 pm by Doctor Fatima Oliva.

Police this afternoon confirmed an investigation was underway and Commandant Rear Admiral Elton Bennett told Channel 5 News this evening that the Port Authority would also be called in to join the investigation.

Admiral Bennett said Seaman Garcia was from the Belize River Valley and an able and enthusiastic member of the Coast Guard who would be missed. His family would be entitled to “death in harness” benefits from the Government in addition to any other monies due them.

 

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