Portofino Resort- Now with a new BEACH BAR!!
Topic Options
#501934 - 03/07/15 12:09 PM Canoe Racer Averts Near-Drowning in Belize River
Marty Offline

Armin Lopez

While safety remains a paramount feature of the annual canoe race, this morning veteran paddler Armin Lopez averted tragedy in the waters of the Belize River when he dove to the aid of a drowning serviceman.  The incident happened in the area of Valley of Peace where Lopez’s fourth place team, the Belize Bank Bulldogs, was alerted that someone had gone under.  The men wasted no time in racing to the area where he was last seen.  Lopez immediately jumped into the river and was subsequently able to rescue the submerged swimmer.  With no formal knowledge of CPR, Lopez applied the procedure blindly and fortunately, was able to resuscitate the young man.

Armin Lopez, Belize Bank Bulldogs

“First of all, I want to give thanks to god that we finish this stage here. We happy that we friend get save at Valley of Peace. We never know anybody was drowning; dehn tell we somebody mi di drown and my bredda jump and we haul out the man. I noh know nothing about CPR, but I pump the man chest and I pump ahn till I hear the man make noise…I done know that the man come back and thanks to god that the man make it.”

Isani Cayetano

“And this was a service person?”

Armin Lopez

“I think so. I think it was a service person.”

Isani Cayetano

“Were you able to identify who this individual was afterwards or you just administered CPR and got back into the canoe and continued the leg of the race.”

Armin Lopez

“Well dah my friend. I know the man good from Cayo; dehn call the man “Shorts.” When I saw the man all I did was pray to god that the man come back while I mi di pump the man chest and thank god the man come back.”

Isani Cayetano

“Now undoubtedly this affected your position or your standing in the race. In terms of what could have happened should this incident not have taken place in the waters, do you think you would have fared off better in terms of your placement in the leg of the race today?”

Armin Lopez

“No, I think dehn bwai deh ina shape. Dehn bally done mi drop we. I just happy that man noh drowned. I mean this year dah dehn bally race, but we noh give up yet. We just want big up Belize Bank. We did give it we best. We know that once we slip, dehn bally mi wah drop we. But the race noh done yet. I know it is hard, but nothing is impossible.”

The annual Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge culminates at the foot of the Belcan Bridge on Monday.

Channel 5


Top
#501968 - 03/08/15 02:24 PM Re: Canoe Racer Averts Near-Drowning in Belize River [Re: Marty]
Amanda Syme Offline
Please take a moment to read this article about the 8 signs of drowning. A person can be literally feet away from you, and drowning, and you may not recognize the signs.

http://www.rd.com/advice/8-quiet-signs-of-someone-drowning/

Top

Links
Click for excellent scuba lessons with Elbert Greer!


Things to do

News
Daily News
Daily Weather

Classified Ads
BelizeNews.com
San Pedro Sun
Ambergris Today
SP Town Council
Channel 7
Channel 5
Amandala
Love FM
The Reporter
Caye Caulker
Chronicles

PLUS TV
TV Newscasts
Radio Stations

Click for our
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites

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

Blogs
San Pedro Scoop!
Tia Chocolate
Tacogirl
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!!
Lil’ 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!
December
S M T W T F S
1 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
0 registered (), 30 Guests and 5 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
18,673 Registered Members
44 Forums
64,048 Topics
462,276 Posts

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