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Jun 11, 2015

What Was It Doing In Belizean Waters Anyway?

According to C.E.O. Lovell, Mexican officials have confirmed that the Guatemalan coast guard vessel was indeed on its way to the small island town.  To allay concerns that may arise out of the incident, Lovell says that despite appearing to be a legitimate voyage, the matter will be dealt with at the highest level between both countries.

 

Ret. Col. George Lovell, C.E.O., Ministry of National Security

“There are several things that we are doing.  First of all we have to establish precisely what happened on the ground.  We know that they have claimed to have been going to Mexico and so we have our officials confirming that that is in fact so.  I can tell you that the initial report that I received from my coastguard is that the Mexicans confirmed that the Guatemalans had a port call and they confirmed that the manifest that they have speaks to the people that were on this vessel that went grounded on our reef.  So it would appear that it was a legitimate passage, now the circumstances will only be more clearer when our taskforce goes out there and do the relevant investigations.  As it relates to the question of detaining the officials, we want to ensure that we do an investigation which is above board and we are not going to try and use the opportunity to say you have incurred and just arrest people.  There is a mutual understanding that we have in matters like these and we will address it at the highest level.  I will not say precisely that people will be arrested at this stage, I can tell you that there were cadets on board similar to this Simon Bolivar visit that we have here with the Venezuelans and so we have to look into the whole case to decide what action we take next.”

 

George Lovell

Isani Cayetano

“Have you ascertained logistic information with regards to the number of crewmen on the vessel and what have you?”

 

Ret. Col. George Lovell

“I haven’t been given the details but I was told that there were cadets and that there were crew.  The numbers we’ll certainly get later when the team gets out there and we can do a more detailed study of what actually occurred.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Do they remain on the vessel until then?”

 

Ret. Col. George Lovell

“We had suggested that at the minimum the captain of the vessel, the engineer and the navigator, the navigating officer remains on the vessel.”

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