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#445129 - 08/25/12 12:26 PM An Odd Vessel On Northern Ambergris
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Authorities are trying to determine the origin of an odd vessel that was found on northern Ambergris Caye.

According to the San Pedro Sun, so far, the Coast Guard has determined that it is a British racing vessel. The find was made on evening of Thursday August 23rd north of Rocky Point while Fisheries Department employees, attached to the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve on northern Ambergris Caye found it.

At first the vessel was believed to be a submersible craft - and the location suggested that it may have been used in drug trafficking. But the Sun quotes Lieutenant Commander of the Belize Coast Guard Elton Bennett, as saying that the Anti-Drug Unit determined that the race craft was not could not be a drug vessel because of its size and the small cargo space.

The name and identification numbers are on the craft, which officials hope can help to establish where it came from. It remains in possession the Belize Port Authority.

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#445139 - 08/25/12 01:19 PM Re: An Odd Vessel On Northern Ambergris [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline


Fisheries Department employees, attached to the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve on northern Ambergris Caye, found a British race craft vessel on the evening of Thursday August 23rd while patrolling north of the Rocky Point. At first the vessel was believed to be a submarine but after closer inspection it was thought to be a submersible race craft vessel.

According to Lieutenant Commander of the Belize Coast Guard Elton Bennett, the Anti Drugs Unit of the Belize Police Department was called to inspect if the craft was used for transporting drugs. “After inspection it was determined that the race craft could not be a drug vessel because of its size and small space. We are convinced of that,” said Bennett.

The Belize Coast Guard official told The San Pedro Sun that the fisheries officers took the craft to the Bacalar Chico Outpost after which they were notified.

The water craft is believed to be one that was being used in the Ocean Pedal Challenge by a team who were attempting to pedal across the Atlantic and aiming to raise £50,000 and awareness for CHUF the Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle. The Ocean Pedal Challenge team were a collection friends from Whitehaven, Cumbria consisting of Kieran Sweeney, brother Shaun Sweeney, Callum McDonald and Stuart Quinn. Keiran’s name is still clearly visible on the vessel.

The boat, named Lydia Rose, was said to be entirely self-sufficient with solar panels and water filtration systems, however on the challenge website it states that due to safety concerns they had to abandon the attempt.

It is unknown how the vessel ended up in Belizean waters, and the investigation continues.

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#445149 - 08/25/12 02:57 PM Re: An Odd Vessel On Northern Ambergris [Re: Marty]
Nobody You Know Offline
Even abandoned British racing vessels want to retire here...

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#445155 - 08/25/12 03:59 PM Re: An Odd Vessel On Northern Ambergris [Re: Marty]
Diane Campbell Offline

I hope the owners can come to Belize to claim it - that would be a cool event.

http://www.oceanpedalchallenge.co.uk/news

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#445160 - 08/25/12 06:10 PM Re: An Odd Vessel On Northern Ambergris [Re: Marty]
FyreDragn Offline
I've sent the facebook group a message regarding this. Hopefully someone there will get in contact with Port Authority.
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#445387 - 08/29/12 12:09 AM Re: An Odd Vessel On Northern Ambergris [Re: Marty]
FyreDragn Offline
I've contacted the Captain of the vessel and he's confirmed it is theirs with the Coast Guard. The only problem is they don't know where the vessel is now and don't have a POC to be able to fly out here and prepare for shipment.

Anyone in the forums have information that could help these guys?
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#445501 - 08/30/12 01:02 PM Re: An Odd Vessel On Northern Ambergris [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Mystery Boat Was In a Trans-Atlantic Race
On Friday we told you about a weird looking vessel that had washed up on the beach at northern Ambergris. We didn't know quite what to make of it, but tonight there is an answer.

The San Pedro Sun reports that the vessel is named Lydia Rose and was being used in the Ocean Pedal Challenge by a team which was attempting to pedal across the Atlantic.

However, on day four of their challenge, the crew began experiencing bad weather conditions at sea and had to be rescued via helicopter abandoning the vessel.


Pair’s pedalo washes up in Belize

AN OCEAN pedalo that was abandoned at sea by a Whitehaven duo part way into a cross-Atlantic challenge has been found washed up on a tropical beach on the Caribbean country of Belize.

Friends Kieran Sweeney and Callum McDonald were forced to abandon their pedalo – the Lydia Rose – when they were winched to safety by a helicopter after running into difficulties 300 miles into the 3,000-mile planned journey from Gran Canaria to Barbados in February.

Now, more than six months later, the pedalo has been discovered off the coast of Ambergris Caye, the largest island in Belize – over 4,000 miles away from where it was abandoned.

The local newspaper, The San Pedro Sun, reports the anti-drugs unit of the Belize Police Department was initially called amid suspicions that the craft had been used to transport narcotics.

However, the unit’s chief Elton Bennett found: “After inspection, it was determined that the race craft could not be a drug vessel because of its size and small space. We are convinced of that.”

The newspaper adds that Kieran and Callum’s names – and those of Shaun Sweeney and Stuart Quinn who had also taken part in the challenge during its various stages – are visible on the pedalo.

The Belizean authorities have identified the boat’s owners through the challenge’s website.

The pedalo had been used in Kieran and Callum’s Ocean Pedal Challenge, in which they were trying to raise money for the Children’s Heart Unit at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital in memory of baby Lydia Rose Sayle who lost her brave battle for life after a heart transplant there. The episode in which the men lost the boat was their third abandoned attempt. They have now made contact with the Belize authorities with a view to having the pedalo returned.

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#445534 - 08/30/12 05:40 PM Re: An Odd Vessel On Northern Ambergris [Re: Marty]
FyreDragn Offline
Originally Posted By: Marty



<p> <a href="http://www.7newsbelize.com/sstory.php?nid=23317">Mystery Boat Was In a Trans-Atlantic Race</a><BR>On Friday we told you about a weird looking vessel that had washed up on the beach at northern Ambergris. We didn't know quite what to make of it, but tonight there is an answer.</p>

<p>The San Pedro Sun reports that the vessel is named Lydia Rose and was being used in the Ocean Pedal Challenge by a team which was attempting to pedal across the Atlantic.</p>

<p>However, on day four of their challenge, the crew began experiencing bad weather conditions at sea and had to be rescued via helicopter abandoning the vessel. </p><P><HR><P><h2>Pair’s pedalo washes up in Belize</h2>

<p>AN OCEAN pedalo that was abandoned at sea by a Whitehaven duo part way into a cross-Atlantic challenge has been found washed up on a tropical beach on the Caribbean country of Belize.</p>

<p>Friends Kieran Sweeney and Callum McDonald were forced to abandon their pedalo – the Lydia Rose – when they were winched to safety by a helicopter after running into difficulties 300 miles into the 3,000-mile planned journey from Gran Canaria to Barbados in February.</p>

<p>Now, more than six months later, the pedalo has been discovered off the coast of Ambergris Caye, the largest island in Belize – over 4,000 miles away from where it was abandoned.</p>

<p>The local newspaper, The San Pedro Sun, reports the anti-drugs unit of the Belize Police Department was initially called amid suspicions that the craft had been used to transport narcotics.</p>

<p>However, the unit’s chief Elton Bennett found: “After inspection, it was determined that the race craft could not be a drug vessel because of its size and small space. We are convinced of that.”</p>

<p>The newspaper adds that Kieran and Callum’s names – and those of Shaun Sweeney and Stuart Quinn who had also taken part in the challenge during its various stages – are visible on the pedalo.</p>

<p>The Belizean authorities have identified the boat’s owners through the challenge’s website.</p>

<p>The pedalo had been used in Kieran and Callum’s Ocean Pedal Challenge, in which they were trying to raise money for the Children’s Heart Unit at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital in memory of baby Lydia Rose Sayle who lost her brave battle for life after a heart transplant there. The episode in which the men lost the boat was their third abandoned attempt. They have now made contact with the Belize authorities with a view to having the pedalo returned.</p><P><a href="http://www.in-cumbria.com/pair-s-pedalo-washes-up-in-belize-1.990687">Source</a>


"They have now made contact with the Belize authorities with a view to having the pedalo returned."

This is actually wrong. I'm in touch with Kieran Sweeney and he has no point of contact on where the vessel is and the coast guard has no information... They are at a loss as to how to proceed further. They've left many voicemails with Belize Port Authority as well.
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