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#517365 - 09/06/16 05:21 AM American Vessel Grounds on Belize Barrier Reef  
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American Vessel Grounds on Belize Barrier Reef

A U.S. registered vessel was grounded on the barrier reef in the area of Hatchet Caye located east-northeast of Placencia over the weekend. Eight persons were onboard the civilian vessel: three Colombians, four Guatemalans and an American national. Guatemalan authorities have confirmed that the vessel left the Port of Livingston heading to Big Creek in southern Belize on Friday morning and crashed on to the reef on Saturday. The Belize National Coast Guard secured the area along with a team involving the Department of Environment, the Fisheries Department, Immigration and the Belize Port Authority. The Coastguard explains.

Lt. Jr. Gr. Charles Francisco, Ops. Mgr., Belize Coast Guard

“We were first informed of the situation on Saturday evening about the grounding of this vessel. There was a press release regarding the vessel today stating that it was a civilian vessel, a civilian yacht containing two Colombians and six Guatemalans onboard the vessel. And the incident happened about five hundred meters east north east of Hatchet Caye and that’s the report that we have right now. There is a task force that is currently conducting assessments as it relates to damage to the reef and damage to the vessel and whatnot. As soon as we receive reports from that give it to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they will forward a press release. The vessel is still on the reef, from our last report; the vessel is still on the reef so that’s the Immigration is involved, Port Authority is involved as well as the Department of the Environment that is currently conducting the assessment today. However, we are still awaiting reports of that assessment. They were in no distress per say. The vessel is high above water so they were taken off the vessel and taken care of by fisheries officers and coastguard members stationed at Middle Water Caye.”

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#517382 - 09/07/16 04:26 AM Re: American Vessel Grounds on Belize Barrier Reef [Re: Marty]  
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“Rumba” Roughed Up The Reef

The Department of the Environment is calculating the damage caused by a US registered pleasure yacht that ran aground the reef near Hatchet Caye on Saturday.

The Southern Environmental Association, known as “SEA,” has its Ranger Station nearby on Little Water Caye and Gladden Spit in the Silk Cayes Marine Reserve. That conservation NGO reports that the vessel has been removed by the Belize Port Authority and the Department of the Environment is preparing a formal damage assessment.
This is after a team of eight representatives from theDepartment of the Environment, the Belize PortAuthority the Fisheries Department, the Immigration Department and the Southern Environmental Association conducted an assessment yesterday. SEA’s science researcher says the immediate area is teeming with invertebrate life forms, but there is only about 5% of live coral coverage. The assessment will determine how much of this was damaged.

The yacht is registered in Delaware, USA and is named “Rumba.” (3) Colombians, four (4) Guatemalans and one (1) American citizen were onboard; they were headed from Livingston Guatemala to the Big Creek Port in Independence.

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#517506 - 09/14/16 03:35 AM Re: American Vessel Grounds on Belize Barrier Reef [Re: Marty]  
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Boat Owner Charged for Damages to Barrier Reef

Fifty one year old Juan Carlos Ucros Alvarez who was born in Columbia but later nationalized in Guatemala was charged for environment damages by the Department of Environment and for negligence and carelessness by the Belize Port of Authority based on the Merchant and Shipping Act. Alvarez is the owner of the yacht named “Rumba” that crashed into the barrier reef in the area of Hatchet Caye on September 3. Love News has confirmed that the vessel left Belizean waters last Thursday en-route to Guatemala. A task force comprising of the Department of Environment, Immigration and the Belize Port Authority was sent to the area to assess the damages done to the reef. We understand that the assessment concluded that Alvarez caused thirty one thousand dollars in environmental damages. We also understand that the matter was settled out of court and in most instances no less than sixty five percent of the value of damages must be paid. As for what caused the mishap, a source told Love News that the vessel was travelling towards the sunlight and the captain was not seeing clearly where he was going. Eight persons were onboard and they were in Belize for a recreational visit.


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