Coast Guard Launches Operation Blue Lightening
The Belize Coast Guard today launched Operation Blue Lightning. The operation is geared at keeping Belize’s maritime border closed during this crucial battle against COVID-19. While the B.D.F. and police officers secure the terrestrial borders, coast guard officers are tasked in securing the maritime borders. The Coast Guard has been working around the clock up north where the drug is active and border jumpers have been a busy with contraband activities. According to Acting Commandant, Lieutenant Greg Soberanis, there have been several attempts by vessels to enter Belizean waters and in such cases, the coast guard officers order the passengers of these vessels to leave immediately.
Lt. Greg Soberanis, Acting Commandant, Belize Coast Guard
“With outbreak of the COVID-pandemic commandant Coast Guard has initiated Operation Blue Lightning. Operation Blue Lightning is a layered security defense strategy that ensures Belize maritime borders remain safe and secure. We have endeavoured to be vigilant not only in our southern waters but also up north in San Pedro because there have been attempts for vessels to enter Belize’s sea spaces during this time. What we have done on numerous occasions we have intercepted these vessels and given them an immediate notice to leave so they are not allowed to enter Belize’s sea spaces.”
Juan Bulum, Lt. Junior Grade, Belize Coast Guard
“The operation has been going for twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. And we have positive vessels strategically in Consejo, Corozal Bay and Sarteneja.”
Mark Choc, Ensign, Belize Coast Guard
“The situation here is that we are experiencing a lot of drug trafficking entering into Mexico, further more we are also experiencing illegal jumpers people from Mexico who enter the country illegally and also contraband. Our primary role here as the Coast is to provide twenty four seven patrol to prevent these illegal activities from happening.”