Portofino Resort- Now with a new BEACH BAR!!
Topic Options
#21410 - 07/04/06 02:25 AM Lightning strike at caye kills Audubon ranger
Marty Offline
Lightning strike at caye kills Audubon ranger

A freak accident at Lighthouse Reef has left one man dead and two others with serious burns. Reports are that around seven on Sunday morning park ranger for the Audubon Society, twenty-three year old Daryl Peo, boat captain Carl Pariente and a sideman identified only as Jose were heading to Blue Hole National Park with ten tourists on board. But near their destination, they encountered a severe thunderstorm and a bolt of lightning hit the boat. Pariente, Peo and Jose fell to the floor of the vessel suffering from burns to most of their bodies. Pariente struggled to his feet and managed to restart one of the boat's engines and then drove to Caye Chapel for help. But apparently, Peo took the brunt of the hit and died before reaching the island. Once at Caye Chapel, staff members there called for help and within the hour, a helicopter was rushing Pariente and Jose to the mainland. None of the tourists were injured. Tonight, Pariente remains admitted to ward at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. According to Gabriel Pariente, his son was struck by so much electricity that the gold chain around his neck melted. Officials at the Belize Audubon Society say Daryl Peo began working at Half Moon Caye in July 2003.

#21411 - 07/04/06 04:06 AM Re: Lightning strike at caye kills Audubon ranger
rastapasta Offline
Hey gang it was the most intense concentrated lightning show I have ever experienced. Strange San Pedro only heard some thunder. Well I woke up to The huge flash of lightening and the thunder clapped simultaneously no time to count 1- 100 to do the mile check thing.... a friend was on my verandah in my hammock and said the next bolt went down front street sideways for 7 seconds.... Major love and support to the crew of Frenchies dive shop that are one of our finest and professional operations. love M

#21412 - 07/04/06 05:46 AM Re: Lightning strike at caye kills Audubon ranger
Laguna Punta Offline
Having raced some storms back to the dock...I know what a horrifing experence this must have been. Condolences to the family and crew Frenchies Dive Shop.
Gone fishing!!

#21413 - 07/05/06 03:18 PM Re: Lightning strike at caye kills Audubon ranger
Marty Offline
A Frenchie's dive boat on a routine dive trip to the Blue Hole was hit by lightning on Sunday morning July 1st. In the aftermath, one man lay dead and another lay unconscious. A third was left suffering with minor burns.

As is normal with the dive company, it loaded its dive boat with ten tourists, one captain divemaster and one assistant captain divemaster and headed out to sea. The boat left the dock at 6:30 a.m.

Not even ten minutes into the boat ride, the captain spotted a patch of bad weather up ahead and decided to abort the trip. Sensing danger, Captain Karl Pariente turned the boat around and headed back to shore. Not even five minutes from shore, a lightning bolt struck the boat's radio antennae. The boat was already inside the protected waters of the reef.

One of the passengers on board the boat was 22 year old park ranger, Daryl Teo. A ranger at Half Moon Caye National Park, Teo had missed two other rides to the island over the weekend. As a generous gesture, the dive shop had allowed the park ranger to board the boat and be dropped off on the island when the dive boat made its second scheduled dive stop there. No one could imagine that this would be his last day at sea.

Finding themselves surrounded by clapping thunder and a dazszling show of lightning bolts, the young Teo grabbed onto the boat's radio antennae for balance. At the same time, Captain Karl Pariente grabbed onto the metal steering wheel as he attempted to maneuver the boat to safety. It was at that moment that one of the lightening bolts struck the boat sending both men unconscious to the boat floor.

Aware of the danger they were all in, the second in command, Jose Enriquez, steered the boat towards Caye Chapel.

At 7:00 a.m., exactly half an hour after they had left the dock, dive shop owner Abel received the call that two of his men were down.

An immediate call was placed to BATSUB for a helicopter medevac. Due to the frightening storm, the helicopter was unable to be immediately dispatched. When the helicopter made a touchdown approximately one hour later, Teo had already succumbed to his injuries. Captain Karl, however, had regained some consciousness, but remained in a semi-conscious state. Both men were immediately transported by air ambulance to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.

Eyewitnesses on the boat say that the lightning bolt was so powerful, it melted the gold and silver jewelery of several of the men, leaving holes in the flesh where the jewelery once stood.

Reports are that Captain Karl Pariente has regained full consciousness, but remains hospitalized.


Click for excellent scuba lessons with Elbert Greer!

Things to do

Daily News
Daily Weather

Classified Ads
San Pedro Sun
Ambergris Today
SP Town Council
Channel 7
Channel 5
Love FM
The Reporter
Caye Caulker

TV Newscasts
Radio Stations

Click for our
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites

Event Guides
Event Calendar
Specials & Events
Things to Do
iTravel Belize
Paradise Theater

San Pedro Scoop!
Tia Chocolate
My Beautiful Belize
I-Travel Belize
Belize Adventure
Belize Hub
Romantic Travel
Bound for Belize
Conch Creative
As The Coconuts Drop
More Blogs...
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
Chaa Creek is an award-winning luxury Belize Resort, rated as one of the worlds best Eco Lodges. We are a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize since 1981!
White Sands Dive Shop - 5 Star PADI Dive Facility - Daily diving, SCUBA instruction and Snorkeling
Caribbean Inspired All Natural Condiments & Spice Blends, Over 100 are Gluten Free!
We manage a variety of homes, apartments, condos and commercial properties here on Ambergris Caye. Our minimum lease on ALL properties is six months.
Conch Shell Inn: All rooms are right on the beach in the heart of San Pedro, so within walking distance to anything and everything!!
Lilí Alphonse has snorkel equipment to fit anyone as well as Marine Park Tickets and flotation devices to assist those not as experienced.
Coastal Xpress offers a daily scheduled ferry run to most resorts, restaurants and private piers on the island of Anbergris Caye. We also offer  private and charter water taxi service.
Mini Chat

Cayo Espanto
Click for Cayo Espanto, and have your own private island
More Links
Click for exciting and adventurous tours of Belize with Katie Valk!
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31
Who's Online
2 registered (Safecracker, 1 invisible), 52 Guests and 4 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
18,635 Registered Members
44 Forums
63,710 Topics
461,236 Posts

Most users ever online: 1,262 @ 06/10/07 02:16 PM

AmbergrisCaye.com CayeCaulker.org HELP! Visitor Center Goods & Services San Pedro Town
BelizeSearch.com Message Board Lodging Diving Fishing Things to Do History
BelizeNews.com Maps Phonebook Belize Business Directory
BelizeCards.com SanPedroDaily.com Picture of the Day

The opinions and views expressed on this board are the subjective opinions of Ambergris Caye Message Board members
and not of the Ambergris Caye Message Board its affiliates, or its employees.