Rickilee Mercer honored four years after tragic death; Triple R commended for their work
Four years after her tragic death, Rickilee Mercer was honored on Sunday, February 28th, with a short activity at Secret Beach north of San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, the place she was last seen alive. Her unfortunate death, which was ruled as an accident after falling off a jet ski, gave birth to the Rickilee Response and Rescue or Triple R, a team that responds to road and water accidents/emergencies on the island.
Rickilee’s remembrance took place at 2PM on the north end of the beach. Triple R founders Traci and Jim Curtin and members of the rescue team, and a host of friends and supporters paid tribute to Mercer and celebrated four years of the team’s hard work. They also touched on Triple R’s progress throughout these years. The dedicated team lead by Philip ‘Billy’ Leslie, and his colleague National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) District Emergency Coordinator for Belize Rural South, Vanessa Parham, was commended. The short event also highlighted the team’s latest response to water emergencies involving an American National reported missing at sea the day before. He was rescued after missing all day, safe and sound before the sunset near the Secret Beach area.Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun
==================The Power of Community: 4 Years After the Tragic Death of Rickilee Mercer at Secret Beach, Another Rescue
Sunday, Feb 28th, I headed out to Secret Beach to attend a memorial service but also a celebration.
Four years ago, 29-year old Michigan resident Rickilee Mercer was on vacation on Ambergris Caye – she headed out with a friend for some sun and fun at Secret Beach – and later that day, went out with someone else on a jet ski and was then reported missing.
The water at Secret Beach, on the leeward island, is relatively shallow – on average about 3-5 feet in depth – and crystal clear. But that area, the vast stretch between Ambergris Caye and the mainland, is HUGE…miles and miles of open water, mangrove cayes and not alot of boat traffic.
Rickilee tragically was not found when the sun went down on the day she went missing and then not located until the next afternoon – she had passed away.
Instead of leaving Belize and never coming back (no one would have blamed them!)- her family friends did something AMAZING. More than amazing. They turned this incredibly sad tragedy into something miraculous.Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Scoop