On Monday, relief washed over the country as Police Constable Bernard Ical, who had been missing for five days, was found. The search effort was a collective one, involving members of the Police Department, the Belize Defence Force, the Belize Coast Guard, and some civilians. All hands were on deck in this instance, and acting commandant of the BCG, Gregory Soberanis, explained the role that the Belize Coast Guard played in the mission.
Gregory Soberanis, Acting Commandant, Belize Coast Guard: “As you know the police department is a part of the Ministry of National Security and we have the Belize Coast Guard, the Belize Defence Force as well as the police department and really and truly it’s one team, one fight. So when a member for any one of those organization is down it’s an effort by all entities involved to ensure that we provide the relevant and necessary support to the organization that has the member that is either lost or in this case was unaccounted for. So the Coast Guard because of our partnership and collaboration with the police department saw it fit to provide the necessary support to locate PC Ical. I’m sure if it was a Coast Guard member the police and BDF would not hesitate to provide the support as well. So we are thankful that we were able to render support to the police in the effort in locating PC Ical. The Coast Guard has a specialized unit that is trained to operate in the jungle and so that was the unit that was deployed to assist in this search effort and so we sent a team of fourteen personnel to assist the Commissioner of Police and the General in the search for the missing officer.”
According to PC Ical, he had gotten lost while travelling from Machaquilha to San Jose Village, Toledo District. He was reunited with his family yesterday in Belmopan.