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Nov 15, 2018

B.D.F. Soldier Loses Eye at Sarstoon F.O.B.

The Forward Operating Base at the mouth of the Sarstoon River is placed at a strategic location at Belize’s southernmost border with Guatemala.  The post is manned around the clock by military and coast guard personnel who launch from the F.O.B. to conduct patrols upriver.  On Wednesday morning, shortly before nine o’clock, a Belize Defense Force soldier was getting ready to dispatch from that location when he accidentally slipped off the pier and fell into the water.  The accident will likely cost Private Fidel Williams the use of his left eye, as the fall severely injured his eye socket when he landed on a steel rod jutting out of the water.  While the matter is being handled by the B.D.F., this morning, the police provided a brief report on the incident.  We note, however, that the name of the injured soldier is Fidel Williams.

 

Joseph Myvett

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“On yesterday’s date, sometime after nine a.m., Punta Gorda police received information of an incident involving one Private Onesimo Cholom.  The initial information is that he is stationed at the Sarstoon and sometime early yesterday morning he was in the process of preparing a boat for patrol and whilst on the wharf he slipped and fell into the water where he fell on a steel which was in the water which penetrated his left eye socket.  As a result, he was transported to Punta Gorda where he was airlifted to Belize City.  The matter is being dealt with by the B.D.F. at this point.”

 

Reporter

“You don’t know his condition?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“No we don’t. We have been trying to find out from since this morning, but we have no update on his condition.”

 

News Five understands that Private Williams had only been stationed at the Sarstoon F.O.B. for one week.

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