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On the Sapodillas reef - photo by Jim Ellis

By Roy McNett, Editor
Photos by Jim Ellis, Mario’s Marina
The 80 ft. motor vessel Great Escape hit the reef at Belize's Sapodilla Cays November 30 shortly after 3 p.m.

Owners Al and Pam said all of the lower compartments were flooded as well as the engine room.

They, along with two guests and their pets, were taken off the boat by the Belizean Coast Guard and questioned by authorities. They were later released to return to the Rio Dulce.

Damage to port side

Pam told the Chisme-Vindicator that the authorities had determined the grounding was an accident. They were not fined for damage to the reef since authorities said the actual damage to the reef was minimal.

A Belizean salvage company is reported to be assessing the damaged vessel to determine if it can be floated and towed for repair.

Sapodilla Cays

No serious injuries were reported, other than bruises to the occupants when the vessel struck the reef.

Pam said they were using waypoints published in a popular cruising guide for this area.



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