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Jun 15, 2011

Boat engine explodes injuring 2 persons on Caye Caulker

Two persons were injured when a boat exploded near Caye Caulker; one was flown to Belize City by BERT for treatment at the Medical Associates. Shortly after two this afternoon, thirty-three year old Cornel Brown and co-captain twenty three year old Jairo Reyes, were preparing to leave Caye Caulker en route to a resort Brown manages near St. George’s Caye when his boat experienced mechanical problems and blew up. His wife, Felina Brown says her husband is conscious but there are many questions since the boat was relatively new and wasn’t malfunctioning.

Felina Brown, Wife of Cornel Brown

Cornel Brown

“He was fueling to come back from Caye Caulker and they say when he started the bloat, it blew fifteen feet from the water to the air and the part where you steer hit him in the side where that’s the part in his head to the feet where he got the injuries. Right now he is stabilize; he’s conscious and they’ll be taking some cat scans, x-ray.”

Andrea Polanco

“So the injuries that he has are only on his body?”

Felina Brown

“Yeah from the left side. His face is swollen, his lip is cut.”

Andrea Polanco

“I understand another man was involved also in this same incident?”

Felina Brown

Felina Brown

“Yeah he only has his ankle twisted and that is in pain and right now he is the process of taking an x-ray and he is stabilized, but he is in much better condition than my husband. He will be ok; they both will be ok.”

Andrea Polanco

“So your husband has been on this boat, using this boat for quite some time.  Was it may be giving any mechanical problems before this incident happened?”

Felina Brown

“No what they said it was from the ignition; [but] we never had no problem from that.  Right now, the captain is in shock so he is just giving me pieces of information so I cant put everything together and say. They say it’s the engine. They say when he started the ignition.  I don’t really know yet.”

Andrea Polanco

“So is this boat new or has it been in use for quite a while, do you know?”

Felina Brown

“We have it for three years. It’s a new boat; newly built. Everything on it is new so we will try to have a mechanic look at it and see what’s the problem–what went wrong.”

According to reports from the island, the boat was totally destroyed, but the engines were not damaged. Reyes has been treated for his minor injuries on the island while Brown remains hospitalized at the Belize Medical Associates. It was Reyes’ first day on the job.

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1 Response for “Boat engine explodes injuring 2 persons on Caye Caulker”

  1. RedGyal Belize says:

    This sound fishy…

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