I almost posted this under the thread about Tsunami Tours overcrowed boat but thought I would just start a new post. Tsunami was legal in what they did, if the boat was to full then the port authority needs to change its rules.
What is much more dangerous are incidents like this. Leaving Caye Caulker on a Monday morning San Pedro Express water taxi had over 100 people on the dock on Caye Caulker, my husband and I counted heads. It was raining and nasty out. We were told two boats would be making the trip. The first boat came and they took the school kids first, then folks with luggage on the boat, this left about 50 people waiting for the 2nd boat. The first boat did not depart and sat at the dock for about 10 minutes when they decided to load the rest of the people on the boat. It was a very scary trip with people standing everywhere, we tried to count heads and with the San Pedro folks we came up with about 140 people on a boat that was licensed for 85.And 85 is overcrowed, In bad weather, rain and rough seas, I have probably taken over 200 water taxi rides..I WAS SCARED..to make things worse about 10 minutes outside of Belize City another empty boat pulls along side and the deck hand starts shouting out that 55 people have to get off the boat and transfer into the empty boat..in the rain..in the rough seas...well those that were already standing in the rain got off but they were still short about 35 people, it was almost forceful to get the remaining 35 folks off the boat. By now all you local folks have probably figured out what was up. They could not let the overcrowed boat port in Belize City as they would have been busted and fined by the Port Authority, they had no 2nd boat near Caye Caulker...they just pulled one out of belize City. I should have gone to the Port Authority, best I could do was go to Caye Caulker Water Taxi and report them....so what the moral of this story??? I dont know..just another day in Belize???