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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.

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Bottom Time

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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.


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Very true, but I suspect there was more to this one.

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How was that picture taken? Just wondering.

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With a camera!

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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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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.

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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."

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Do you know that, that the boat was heading outwards?

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