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#313909 - 12/06/08 10:45 AM Human Remains Are 355 Feet Deep Inside Blue Hole
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More details are emerging about the discovery of human remains at the bottom of the Blue Hole on Wednesday by a team of international divers. Today 7NEWS spoke with a technical diver and instructor from San Pedro and who accompanied the team to the dive site. He confirms that there is a body lying on the sandy bottom of the Blue Hole.

The remains which were discovered about sixty to seventy feet away from the wall of the Blue Hole lies right underneath the rim of the sink hole at a depth of three hundred and fifty five feet. According to our source, the body which still had on its scuba outfit, had no head and parts of one of the arm and leg was missing, presumably eaten by sharks.

Because the family of the dead man who is believed to be a U.S. national has not yet been informed by the United States Embassy in Belize, we are unable to give you a name. But we can say that the man is believed to be a doctor from Miami who came to Belize in 2001 and did the dive. 7NEWS understands that the manís identity was confirmed through a camera that was retrieved from the remains. The doctor who is believed to be in his fifties had reportedly rented the equipment from a local dive shop

As to why the dive team did not retrieve the body, 7NEWS understands that the group of four was doing a film on the Blue Hole funded by a Polish television and was not properly equipped to remove a body. As explained by our source the team would have had to have a body bag because at such great depths the human remains would have simply disintegrated while being brought back up to the surface. And also, they would have needed an official or family member to approve the recovery of the body.

Additionally the two divers had only nine minutes to safely do the dive and they used two of those precious minutes to retrieve what they could to bring back to authorities to substantiate the sighting. That included a video of the remains. On Thursday San Pedro Police told 7NEWS that the owner of a local dive shop offered his services to retrieve the body but due to financial constraints it will be difficult to get the job done.

The police also informed us that the case file was handed over to Senior Superintendent of Police and the Head of Eastern Division David Henderson. Today when 7NEWS contacted Henderson he told us that the problem with retrieving the human remains is not necessarily due to financial constraints rather there is no one in Belize who can dive at such great depth.

However our source who is a technical diver told us that he knows of only two persons in Belize who can do the dive, and heís one of them. According to our source he did offer his services but has not gotten a response from the local authorities.

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#313917 - 12/06/08 11:41 AM Re: Human Remains Are 355 Feet Deep Inside Blue Ho [Re: Marty]
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this is the first story from wed pm
Thu, December 4, 2008

Details are sketchy at this time but 7NEWS understands that sometime on Wednesday a group of international divers made a gruesome discovery several hundred feet inside the Blue Hole situated in the centre of the Lighthouse Reef System. Unconfirmed reports are that the remains of what appeared to be a man was found three hundred feet down and a camera was strapped around the body. It is not known why the divers decided to leave the remains in deep within the Blue Hole but they did resurface with the camera that was handed in to the San Pedro Police.

When 7NEWS contacted the islandís authorities they told us that they first need to verify that there is a body in the Blue Hole. But when they took the camera to a local dive shop, the staff was able to use a serial number to trace it back to an incident that occurred seven years ago in which a camera was reported missing from a team that did a dive of the Blue Hole. According to the police while they believe a missing person report had also been filed at that time they have yet to confirm it,

But the talk on the island is that the remains discovered are believed to be that of a U.S. national who was staying at a local hotel and went missing. The case file has now been handed over to the head of the Eastern Division David Henderson.

7NEWS understands that local authorities are still trying to head out to the dive site to confirm the sighting to confirm if the report is true by recovering the remains but there may be financial constraints because the great depth would make it an expensive operation. We hope to have more on this story on Fridayís newscast.

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