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Nov 2, 2001

Lawyers: Wave Dancer owners negligent

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Investigators representing the families of the Belizeans lost in the boating accident involving the Wave Dancer say the owners of the diveboat are grossly negligent. Nelson Ayala of Huggett and Watford Lawfirm, based in Miami, is in Belize to conduct his own investigations into the tragedy.

Nelson Ayala, Investigator

“It’s still under investigation, but there’s been a lawsuit, it’s been filed and there is particular allegations that we are attempting to prove, and already have enough evidence. We believe that it’s gross negligence on the part of the Peter Hughes organisation. We believe that everyone should have been disembarked immediately upon hearing of an approaching storm. It’s arrogance to keep them on the vessel. This claim that there weren’t any hotels available is ludicrous. We know there were plenty of places of safety other then being on a vessel when a storm of that size and magnitude is approaching. So that’s the thrust of the lawsuit. Also, there are other matters that right now I can’t talk about because we’re in the process of proving it.”

The lawsuit against the Peter Hughes company and Captain Philip Martin was filed on October twenty-second. The action is seeking damages in excess of ten million U.S. dollars.

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