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Inclement Weather Deters Officials from Assessing Damages to Reef

June 15, 2016, local authorities were called out to an area facing Ambergris Caye where a 39-foot trawler had ran into the reef after experiencing mechanical failure.  The captain of the vessel, 66-year-old, Roger Day was arraigned in court on Thursday, June 16 with damage to the Belize Barrier Reef system.  The recent weather conditions, however, have hampered the officials at the Department of the Environment to carry out an assessment of the damages caused to the reef.  The vessel has since been removed and was taken to a marina in San Pedro Town but it is expected that the vessel will soon be transferred to the Belize Coast Guard headquarters.  While the captain is awaiting the assessment to be concluded so his court charge could be amended to reflect how much he will be fined, Love News understands that the cost of damages could range anywhere between five thousand to twenty five thousand per square metre of the reef and that would depend on the health, state and density of the reef.  The incident occurred at about seven o’clock at night.  According to Captain Day, the American registered vessel, named Connie Sue, was heading to the United States from Guatemala.