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#367210 - 02/11/10 09:16 AM Tour Guide Saves Passenger’s Life!  
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It seems that boat accidents have been occurring more frequently these days and unfortunately there have been some deaths and injuries in the past few months. This week a boat mishap ended with a much more happy ending as one local tour guide/fisherman found himself capsized by the reef and helping out a dear friend swim to shore.

On Tuesday, February 9, Sanpedrano and local fisherman, Mr. Ramon Guerrero had some difficulty out at sea and his boat capsized just a few miles off the coast of North Ambergris Caye in the Palmeros area (near Blue Reef Resort).

“We went out on a fishing trip at about 8:30 in the morning and we headed out by the channel cut in the Palmeros area,” commented Mr. Guerrero to Ambergris Today. “The engine of the boat stopped and the current was taking us outside the reef. I couldn’t restart the engine and a wave hit the boat causing our boat to capsize”.

Mr. Guerrero was very calm and rendered assistance to his only passenger, a 72 year-old American national and good friend of his. Mr. Guerrero maintained his calm and did everything he could to help his friend. He actually started swimming towards shore with the gentleman on his shoulders. Thankfully, they were later found by a passing skiff belonging to Sueńo del Mar who helped them out of the water and took them ashore.

“Thank God both of us are fine”. I only received a bruise on the right side of my face and a minor cut on my forehead and my client was unhurt, but tired,” comment Mr. Guerrero. The boat was later towed back to shore by family members.

Mr. Guererro and his client were very fortunate that the mishap did not end in tragedy and that both of them were rescued. In this case, we applaud the heroic actions of Mr. Guerrero in making sure that his client/friend made it to shore safe and sound.

Ambergris Today

#367221 - 02/11/10 10:19 AM Re: Tour Guide Saves Passenger’s Life! [Re: Marty]  
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I know him well he swam with a person on his back to shore ..That says a lot ..nice to hear a nice story that ends well .A other good reason to love this place ..THE PEOPLE ..

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#367232 - 02/11/10 01:11 PM Re: Tour Guide Saves Passenger’s Life! [Re: captjeff]  
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Ramon is a really great guy. His heroic actions do not surprise me.

#367293 - 02/12/10 08:43 AM Re: Tour Guide Saves Passenger’s Life! [Re: natalie p]  
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May or may not apply to this case, but At some point boats that carry "passengers for hire" need a way to communicate, perhaps a marine radio, or a cell phone.

We had a tour boat wreck with 15 people on board recently and the only communication on the expensive boat was a cell phone, first 2 calls no one answered

#367299 - 02/12/10 09:13 AM Re: Tour Guide Saves Passenger’s Life! [Re: ed50]  
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Phil Offline
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So they did have comms.?

#367315 - 02/12/10 09:27 AM Re: Tour Guide Saves Passenger’s Life! [Re: Phil]  
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The PEOPLE, agree sooo much Jeff.
The community is what we all fall in love with. The turquoise waters, food ,climate are just a bonus -JMO.

#367340 - 02/12/10 10:44 AM Re: Tour Guide Saves Passenger’s Life! [Re: Tim Callanan]  
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When a boat overturns the presence or absence of comms is often irrelevant. There is usually no time before the capsize to use them, and afterwards they are incapacitated. Flares capable of wet deployment and a means of making noise after the boat has gone over/down are far more useful.

#367402 - 02/12/10 04:21 PM Re: Tour Guide Saves Passenger’s Life! [Re: Peter Jones]  
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Do they have to be self-firing? or does the captain have to have the flare attached to his body at all times, so that if he goes into the drink, he'll be able to fire it off?


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#367434 - 02/12/10 07:13 PM Re: Tour Guide Saves Passenger’s Life! [Re: seashell]  
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Offshore boats keep flares and communication devises in their life raft and an emergency abandon ship bag. Coastal boats could have a waterproof emergency bag that floats with some equipment, some have smaller life rafts with limited equipment. I think I would pass on attaching a flare to my body. frown

In a sudden capsizing like this.....well that is a tough one.


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#367437 - 02/12/10 07:33 PM Re: Tour Guide Saves Passenger’s Life! [Re: seashell]  
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A good captain is always able to "fire it off".

Note: Sorry, couldn't resist.


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