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Boat Sinks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve #376772
05/13/10 08:40 AM
05/13/10 08:40 AM
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oregon, spr
Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP

Reports reached our office on Monday, May 10, about a boat that had sunk at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Upon making checks with both the Hol Chan Marine Reserve Office and the San Pedro Police Station, we were confirmed that a boat had run aground the reef.

According to the police report, at about 9:00 a.m. police was conducting sea patrols at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve along with a Fisheries Department officer, a blue boat with the name Bottom Time 1 was seen experiencing difficulties. Further checks were made and it was observed that the boat was sinking and crew members needed help.

With the sea being choppy and boat experiencing difficulties, the boat ran aground a shallow section of the reef and sank; as a result the Coast Guard Vessel was contacted where all nine tourist passenger, including the tour guide and captain were rescued. No one was injured.

The incident is being investigated by The Belize Port Authority, The Department of Environment and The Hol Chan Marine Reserve Office. Information will be posted on a later issue of the Ambergris Today as it becomes available.

Ambergris Today

Re: Boat Sinks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve [Re: Marty] #376898
05/14/10 01:24 AM
05/14/10 01:24 AM
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Mostly Canada / Sometimes Bel...
Keller Offline
Keller  Offline
Bottom Time

Re: Boat Sinks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve [Re: Keller] #376900
05/14/10 01:53 AM
05/14/10 01:53 AM
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Gaz Cooper Offline
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Just goes to show just how tricky that reef is in rough conditions, over the years almost every dive op has had a close call or has lost a boat in similar situations. I can think of 5 right off the top of my head.


Re: Boat Sinks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve [Re: Gaz Cooper] #376931
05/14/10 09:51 AM
05/14/10 09:51 AM
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Peter Jones Offline
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Very true, but I suspect there was more to this one.

Re: Boat Sinks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve [Re: Peter Jones] #377010
05/15/10 08:19 AM
05/15/10 08:19 AM
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Posts: 4,701
Pismo Beach
Rykat Offline
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How was that picture taken? Just wondering.

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Re: Boat Sinks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve [Re: Rykat] #377012
05/15/10 08:46 AM
05/15/10 08:46 AM
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Posts: 227
San Pedro, Belize
CarlosCabanas Offline
CarlosCabanas  Offline
With a camera!

Re: Boat Sinks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve [Re: CarlosCabanas] #377033
05/15/10 03:43 PM
05/15/10 03:43 PM
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New Jersey/sanpedro
captjeff Offline
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Everybody loves a cute Ass ,Noboday likes a wise Ass..LOL.And I want a invite to your place up north .Want to check it out myself .And bet you would be the person to make that happen !!!!

Last edited by captjeff; 05/15/10 03:45 PM.

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Re: Boat Sinks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve [Re: captjeff] #377038
05/15/10 04:14 PM
05/15/10 04:14 PM
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San Pedro Belize
elbert Offline
elbert  Offline
Diving from Ambergris Caye is no piece of cake.
The necessary reef crossing to get to the sites can be very hazardous.
It can happen to any of us and nothing makes you feel as bad a your boat sinking.
My heart goes out to BottomTime.
Glad no one was hurt and hope you guys get it back in shape quickly.
If I can help call me.

White Sands Dive Shop
Re: Boat Sinks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve [Re: elbert] #377041
05/15/10 05:33 PM
05/15/10 05:33 PM
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Amanda Syme Offline

Amanda Syme  Offline
I would have a little more compassion if the boat hadn't tried to go out of the cut through the reef when the met office had issued a "small craft warning."

Re: Boat Sinks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve [Re: Amanda Syme] #377043
05/15/10 05:42 PM
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Peter Jones Offline
Peter Jones  Offline
Do you know that, that the boat was heading outwards?

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