A boat collision off the coast of the island of Caye Caulker has left 61-year-old Canadian national Guy Cooter Smith severely injured. The accident took place late in the evening of Friday, November 17th, involving a dinghy (small boat) and a larger vessel belonging to Koko King Restaurant. An unconscious Smith was then taken to the Caye Caulker Polyclinic where he was briefly treated before being transported to Belize City for further treatment. He remains in a critical condition.
According to the official police report, when police arrived at the clinic, they observed Smith in a state of unconsciousness and suffering from a cut wound to his right elbow. Initial investigations revealed that around 9:45PM, Smith and his 19-year-old son, Cooter Smith, were in a dinghy in the sea without lights or reflectors when Koko Kingís boat accidentally collided into their small boat. Koko Kingís boat was reportedly transporting customers from the north to the south side of the island when the mishap occurred.
Guy remains in a critical condition at the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital.
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