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Boat accident leaves 2 persons injured

Posted By: Marty

Boat accident leaves 2 persons injured - 06/16/11 05:06 AM

The San Pedro Sun has has been able to confirm that there was an accident in Caye Caulker earlier this afternoon. Confirmed reports are that a vessel exploded in the vicinity of the Caye Caulker Gas Station, located at the Pelican Point Marina.

Unofficial reports are that while two individuals were injured, one individual was has been transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, in a critical condition, while the other remains on the scene.

The vessel reportedly came from St George's Caye to fill up with gas and had left the station when the explosion occurred.

The San Pedro Sun will continue to follow up on this story and report to you as the information becomes available.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Boat accident leaves 2 persons injured - 06/16/11 03:15 PM

Boat Explodes At Caye Caulker, One Man Critical

There was a boat explosion in Caye Caulker village this afternoon around 2:30. Two men, 33 year old boat captain Coronel Brown and 23 year old boat assistant Jairo Reyes were injured. The men were rushed via air ambulance to the Municipal Airstrip in Belize City and from there they were taken to the emergency room at the Belize Medical Associates. The captain, Brown is reported to be in a critical condition.

The boat exploded a small distance away from the Caye Caulker Gas Depot today. The28 foot vessel is called Royal Palm Caye, property of Royal Palm Resort off Saint George's Caye.

Information is that the men had just refueled and were heading to pick up a guest when the boat experienced electrical problems and exploded. Police Corporal Ian Gevon spoke to the media about the men's injuries:

Voice of: Police Corporal Ian Gevon - 2nd in Charge, Caye Caulker Police Station
"One of the men received minors to his left foot, and the received extensive injuries, both this spinal and left side of his body. He has no movement on that side of his body. He also had severe injuries to his face and 1st and 2nd degree burns to his feet."

Coronel Brown was seriously injured while Reyes, who is a received lesser injuries.

Channel 7

Posted By: Marty

Re: Boat accident leaves 2 persons injured - 06/16/11 03:34 PM

Two People Injured in Boat Explosion in Caye Caulker

Two men were injured and remain hospitalized after their vessel exploded a short distance from the Caye Caulker Gas Depot yesterday afternoon. The two men are 33 year old boat captain Coronel Brown and 23 year old boat assistant Jairo Reyes. The 28 feet vessel is Royal Palm Kay and belongs to the Royal Palm Resort located off Saint George’s Caye. According to Police, the two men had just refueled the vessel and were heading to pick up their guest when the boat experience electrical problems and exploded.

As police noted, one of the men, namely Coronel Brown was seriously injured and is listed in a critical condition. Reyes, who is a resident of St. George’s Caye received lesser degree injuries but also remains hospitalize. The entire area remains blocked off as investigations continues.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Boat accident leaves 2 persons injured - 06/16/11 10:47 PM

It was an interior tank – either there weren’t blowers or blowers weren’t used – fumes caused explosion – I didn’t see fire start as I was tending to injured – my employees said fire started in back by battery –Thank God the fire didn’t start until we got injured off the boat and thank God the boat’s fuel tank didn’t explode.

Liz
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