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Guatemala’s Coast Guard Will Be Fined for Damages to the Reef

With this incident happening less than two weeks after the incident at Sarstoon Island in southern Belize, all eyes are on the Government of Belize to see just how they will respond.  The keen attention from Belizeans comes after it was widely believed that Belize’s response to the Sarstoon incident on May 28 was meek and submissive.  But according to Retired Colonel George Lovell, this incident will be handled just in the same manner that previous incidents by other vessels were carried out.


Lovell went on to say that in order to keep the nation informed, media personnel will be accompanying the Belize Coast Guard to the area.  In addition, he says that once the assessment is completed and the environmental damages have been assessed, the fines will be passed on to the Guatemala.


We were one of the media teams invited to travel with the Belize Coast Guard but turns our team will be spending the night at Glover’s Reef.  Tomorrow when they return, they will be filing their report from the atoll.  As recent as April this year, the sail boat “Do Sea” which belonged to 76-year-old Carecen Charles O’Connor had crashed into a portion of the Belize Barrier Reef on Wednesday, April 1 at an area close to Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Fines are yet to be announced for the damages caused in that incident.