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BATSUB & B.D.F. Stop a Wedding on St. George’s Caye #526993
11/11/17 06:08 AM
11/11/17 06:08 AM
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Marty Offline OP

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Marty  Offline OP

Gunfire and explosions at Saint George’s Caye crash a wedding party in progress as armed soldiers storm the beach. It happed on Thursday night as a group of twenty-six guests, who have been staying at the St. George’s Caye Resort for the past several days, were in the middle of the wedding party.

Sometime after ten p.m. family members, as well as friends of a newlywed couple, were all socializing when helicopters descended on the tiny village. What at first appeared to be an armed invasion, turned out to be a joint military training exercise conducted by the British Army Training Support Unit Belize (BATSUB) and the Belize Defense Force.

Residents and visitors were never informed of the scheduled activity; therefore, when the shooting commenced everyone was scared of what was taking place late into the night. The guests and members of staff as well as residents of the quiet, sleepy island were traumatized by the loud noises coming from the nearby seashore until about midnight when it all ended.

In the ensuing confusion, the proprietor of the resort was notified that the exercise could not be called off while it was in motion. According to the resort owner, who chose to remain unnamed, several complaints were made to the British High Commission and the Belize Tourism Board earlier today and that they are aware of what transpired. He also says that the High Commission has since apologized for the blunder.

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Re: BATSUB & B.D.F. Stop a Wedding on St. George’s Caye [Re: Marty] #527003
11/11/17 09:20 AM
11/11/17 09:20 AM
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San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye...
Amanda Syme Offline

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Now that is one of the those "only in Belize" moments we are always talking about.

Re: BATSUB & B.D.F. Stop a Wedding on St. George’s Caye [Re: Marty] #527005
11/11/17 02:09 PM
11/11/17 02:09 PM
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San Pedro AC Belize
Diane Campbell Offline
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Diane Campbell  Offline
Well that's one wedding nobody will forget. Maybe the soldiers and BTB should offer them some kind of special wedding tribute - a helicopter ride or some such?

Re: BATSUB & B.D.F. Stop a Wedding on St. George’s Caye [Re: Amanda Syme] #527006
11/11/17 04:03 PM
11/11/17 04:03 PM
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San Pedro AC Belize
Diane Campbell Offline
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Originally Posted by Amanda Syme
Now that is one of the those "only in Belize" moments we are always talking about.

Although not at a wedding, many years ago I woke up to tanks rolling across the landscape in California. We were traveling from Big Sur and decided to cut east on some road we found on a map - duh, through Hunter Legget military base (didn't read that map too well did we) Unable to find a town before nightfall, we pitched a tent in a nice place along the road. When the earth rumbled and I saw the first tank come over the horizon it was a real WTF moment. We left VERY quickly.


Re: BATSUB & B.D.F. Stop a Wedding on St. George’s Caye [Re: Marty] #527016
11/12/17 07:18 AM
11/12/17 07:18 AM
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We were camping on the beach at Camp Pendleton USMC, north of San Diego, when the troops in full combat gear rolled in over the sand dunes. Tanks, transports, infantry -- they made camp a couple of hundred yards from us as the sun was beginning to set over the Pacific. We were about 10 families with mostly pre-teen kids who were beside themselves with joy. This was every combat toy they'd ever possessed, come to life.

One Marine came over to our campsite to explain their operations. He concluded, "Don't worry, we'll have sentries posted all along the perimeter .... to keep your wives from sneaking over in the middle of the night."

I think the wives laughed loudest. Maybe a little too loud.

In the morning, the Marines were gone before we were up. The kids ran over to the bivouac site and gathered up discarded MREs, like it was Easter morning. They hungrily ripped open some of the foil packets, only to discover why the Marines had tossed them in the first place.


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