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Mar 24, 2011

Tour Company in hot water after tourist’s death

In other news, there’s a developing story in the tourism industry tonight. A major tour operating company has had its license revoked, at least temporarily. It follows the death of fifty-nine year old Diana Mechling on February second of this year. Mechling was killed when the propeller on the boat she had traveled on to Goff’s Caye slashed her right leg and pelvis while in the water.  Mechling and her husband, Michael, were among a number of tourists who went on the expedition to snorkel at the tourist destination.  An investigation was quickly launched by the Belize Port Authority, the Belize Tourism Board, and the Belize Police Department, after which, the captain of the vessel, Martin Pariente, was charged with Negligently Causing Loss of Life under the Harbors and Merchant Shipping Act.  Pariente also lost his captain’s license indefinitely, and the vessel, Reef Rocket, operated by David Gegg’s Cruise Solutions, was banned from doing business pending further inquiries. The Belize Tourism Board revoked the license of Cruise Solutions, that went to court to get an injunction today. There’s also word that Mechling’s family will be suing Cruise Solutions. We’ll have more on this story in Friday’s news report.

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4 Responses for “Tour Company in hot water after tourist’s death”

  1. khooni says:

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  2. luis A says:

    My name is Luis and I can not believe David Gegg is still in business .This is not the first time
    his company kill a person because of negligence . A couple years ago Gegg’ s boat kill one of the most experience Captain by the name VICENTE AVILA in the new river in ORANGE WALK TOWN , in which his license was not revoke ,due to some one is not do his job in the tourist board, or maybe he or she got bribe .
    THE TOURIST BOARD HAS TO STOP THIS CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE AND LET THE LOCAL OPERATORS DO THEIR LOCAL TOURS AND STOP THE RICH BUSINESSMAN GET RICH.
    IT IS TIME TO WAKE UP AND DO YOUR DAMN JOB GOOD TOURIST BOARD .
    WE WILL END UP LIKE MEXICO !

  3. Crazy says:

    umm not Mexico but Haiti…

  4. cg says:

    luis A..his name is David Gegg and in Belize his name pulls weight no matter how much he steals, breaks laws and does corrupt business. He keeps reinventing his business names in the hopes he doesn’t get black listed…lets hope this sticks, he should be in the tour business

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