Portofino Resort- Now with a new BEACH BAR!!
Topic Options
#77397 - 12/21/03 10:34 PM KUDOS to the Caves Branch Team (once again!!!)
Marty Offline
December 21, 2003

Big up the rescue team
Dear Editor;
I am writing to give thanks and call attention to the good work and professionalism of the Caves Branch Cave Rescue Team. Last week the Caves Branch Rescue Team responded to a call for assistance in the search and rescue of four persons who lost their way in the jungle. Within one hour after being notified by phone to Caves Branch, a male and female team of 12 trained Belizean Volunteer Rescue Team members arrived on the scene to take the lead in planning, coordinating and implementing what would become a 20-hour effort to search for, locate and rescue these four lost persons.

The Volunteer Rescue Team was very mature and disciplined in their handling of this situation and acted very professional in their emergency response methods. The Team members were very well equipped with jungle survival gear, caving and technical climbing equipment, communication equipment and local knowledge of the wilderness environment.

Once the Team had established a base camp at the last known location of the lost persons, they formulated a search plan and delegated responsibilities among the Team members. One of the lost persons was known to have a medical condition and each search team was assisted by emergency medical responder training. When the lost persons were located, proper medical care was given and all four persons were able to walk out of the jungle under their own power with assistance and guidance of the rescuers. Needless to say, friends and family members of the recovered persons were ecstatic and relieved from the good news of them being found in good physical and emotional conditions. This is due to the good will and exemplar efforts of the Caves Branch Cave Rescue Team.

The Caves Branch Cave Rescue Team members are professional guides – the best in Central America – who make their living from adventure tourism at Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch Jungle Lodge. It is with great respect for Ian and these 12 men and women who responded first – as volunteers - that I write to you. This rescue team was initiated by Ian Anderson and Caves Branch 6 years ago, funded privately in support of his adventure tourism operation. Members of the team have volunteered many hundred hours of training over the years.

This most recent rescue is only one of many rescues they have been called upon to save lives. In addition, this same team responded to San Pedro during Hurricane Keith in 2000 and to Toledo during Hurricane Iris in 2001, in both cases providing medical, rescue and relief operations for weeks at a time. They deserve recognition and support at a national level for their selfless efforts and for the resource that they represent in emergency response. I can think of no better qualified emergency response team in Belize who is more capable and effective in handling this and similar situations.

On behalf of the lost persons and their family members, I thank each of you for your valiant efforts. You have succeeded again in saving lives and preventing disaster. And in doing so heightened our awareness of the value of your efforts to train, invest and develop an emergency response resource that is first rate and invaluable. I salute each of you and trust that your efforts, now and in the future, will be recognized nationally and appreciated long into the future.

Signed,
Matthew Miller

http://www.belizetimes.bz/outspoken.shtml

Top
#77398 - 12/21/03 11:39 PM Re: KUDOS to the Caves Branch Team (once again!!!)
Barbara K Offline
Nice job guys! Thanks Ian, Bruce & all. The cave rescue training and certification course is truly a great resource for Belize. All guides should have to be trained in it, and maybe will be someday. Most of the better jungle lodge guides have gone through the training. Don't be afraid to ask if contemplating any serious jungle cave treks! Visitors can join in the training as well several times per year. Email me or Caves Branch.
_________________________
www.barbsbelize.com

Top
#77399 - 12/21/03 11:54 PM Re: KUDOS to the Caves Branch Team (once again!!!)
JmHanna Offline
I have nothing but respect for those folks.
_________________________
Jim

Top
#77400 - 12/22/03 12:07 AM Re: KUDOS to the Caves Branch Team (once again!!!)
Pedro1 Offline
Well done Ian

Top
#77401 - 12/22/03 12:14 AM Re: KUDOS to the Caves Branch Team (once again!!!)
klcman Offline
Just one more reason to go caving ONLY with CB!
_________________________
_ _ _ _ _ _ _________________ _ _ _ _ _ _
But then what do I know, I am but a mere caveman

Top
#77402 - 12/28/03 09:03 PM Re: KUDOS to the Caves Branch Team (once again!!!)
Barefoot Skinny Offline
Hey Ian, Matthew gave me a first hand account of the whole story. You and your guys are incredible! Happy new year to you , Lynn Wynn and the whole Gang.
_________________________
PS. Find out what I'm up to at www.broadjam.com/barefootskinny

Your's not in the Caye of "A"

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
4 registered (IGAmel, JaHo, ragman, JED), 40 Guests and 8 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
18,672 Registered Members
44 Forums
64,021 Topics
462,210 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.