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Mar 16, 2015

OCEANA in Belize Issues on Grounded Submersible

A submersible was found last Wednesday in the waters off San Pedro on the Belize Barrier Reef in an area called Mexico Rocks.  It has been determined that the object measures almost  twelve feet  in length by six point six feet  in width and includes four propellers topside, another two in the front and two others in the rear. The device also includes several underwater cameras.  OCEANA Belize has been on the reef to conduct an evaluation of the incident.  A release says that the submersible is grounded within the recently expanded Hol Chan Marine Reserve and that the vessel has already caused substantial damage to the coral species. According to OCEANA, efforts to date to remove the submersible have proven unsuccessful because of high wave action. Furthermore, based on information found on the vessel, it has been identified by the manufacturer as an remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) reported “lost” in Trinidad and Tobago in November 2014. According to reliable sources, the manufacturer contracted the ROV to a company called Impersub International, which does research and exploration for gas and oil companies.

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