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Boat capsizes after captain rescues two tourists #492816
06/28/14 03:12 AM
06/28/14 03:12 AM
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Authorities on Ambergris Caye have confirmed a boat accident that occurred on Tuesday June 24th in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. The incident occurred around 12:10PM when boat captain Nisan Zuniga of San Pedro Town was trying to rescue two drifting tourists.

According to several reports, Zuniga was out with family members when he noticed two Caucasians who seemed to be in distress and losing the battle against strong currents and drifting into the main channel. Without hesitation, Zuniga left his family in shallow waters inside the reef section of the reserve and proceeded to rescue the two drifting tourists. Authorities say that the boat flipped over outside the reef when a large wave hit the vessel, sending Zuniga and the two rescued tourists into the water.

Vessels in the area immediately responded to the scene where all three people were pulled out of the water. As a result of the accident, the tourists were taken to the Dr Otto Rodriguez San Pedro PolyClinic II where they were treated for minor scrapes and released.

Hol Chan Marine Reserve Manager Miguel Alamilla said that they have established that it was a genuine accident in an attempt by Zuiga to salvage two lives. As such Hol Chan Marine Reserve will not be pursuing charges against Zuniga for any damages caused to the reef during the rescue attempt.

San Pedro Sun


Re: Boat capsizes after captain rescues two tourists [Re: Marty] #492827
06/28/14 04:30 AM
06/28/14 04:30 AM
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Hopefully the tourists said a hearty thank you for their lives being saved by paying to fix the boat?

Re: Boat capsizes after captain rescues two tourists [Re: Marty] #492861
06/29/14 06:35 AM
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I really hope those people showed some love, Nisani (Biggs) worked hard to get that boat.

Re: Boat capsizes after captain rescues two tourists [Re: Gridguy] #492887
06/29/14 02:41 PM
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Me and my son helped Bigg's get the boat from the reef along with : Ched, Vince, Bigg's little brother, Shorty, Belize Port Authority guy (forgot his name), Steve,and Nate. Here is a link to help Biggs with the boat I know it took 3 years for him to save the money to get Baby Rose.
http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/go-big-for-biggs-/196979

Re: Boat capsizes after captain rescues two tourists [Re: Marty] #492888
06/29/14 03:08 PM
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Re: Boat capsizes after captain rescues two tourists [Re: Marty] #492912
06/30/14 05:47 AM
06/30/14 05:47 AM
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Frigin Cold Columbus, Ohio
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Great cause. Otters are in!


I will have a Belikin -- put it on klcman's tab.
Re: Boat capsizes after captain rescues two tourists [Re: Marty] #492914
06/30/14 06:58 AM
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Knock hard on BTB's door and speak with Min Heredia for compensation. They should foot the entire bill


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Re: Boat capsizes after captain rescues two tourists [Re: JED] #493123
07/07/14 07:38 AM
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Originally Posted by JED
Me and my son helped Bigg's get the boat from the reef along with : Ched, Vince, Bigg's little brother, Shorty, Belize Port Authority guy (forgot his name), Steve,and Nate. Here is a link to help Biggs with the boat I know it took 3 years for him to save the money to get Baby Rose.
http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/go-big-for-biggs-/196979



Let's keep this effort going!

Bob


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