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Oct 8, 2012

Tour guide dies in explosion on San Pedro

An explosion at Amigos Del Mar dock in San Pedro Town claimed the life of a well known San Pedro tour guide. Hector “Chapin” Duran was killed when a dive tank exploded at around four-thirty this afternoon. According to witnesses, the explosion happened inside a partially enclosed area on the far end of the dock.  It has not been ascertained what caused the tank filled with compressed oxygen to blow up and at this time as fire officials and police continue to process the scene.  Duran suffered massive trauma and died on the spot. His body has since been transferred to the K.H.M.H. for a post mortem examination.

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11 Responses for “Tour guide dies in explosion on San Pedro”

  1. concerned diver says:

    The investigation should look at the tank inspection dates.

    See when the tank was last visually inspected “This should be done yearly”

    See when was the tank last Hydro statically tested “this should be done every 5 years”.

    These two tests are crucial to ensure that tanks are safe to take the pressure of 3000 PSI commonly used in scuba diving.

    A correction is that scuba tanks do not have pure oxygen, its contents are normal air.

  2. mya says:

    so sad,,,,hope he rests in peace. he was a great guy.

  3. Rod says:

    This is what happens when people with no knowledge handles these tanks this pets on everyday in San Pedro .

  4. Common Sense says:

    Rod – I quite enjoy reading your comments, however, this recent one has me confused. What does everyday “pets” in San Pedro have to do with exploding air tanks?

    The “Original” Common Sense.

  5. Common Sense says:

    P.S. RIP Duran.
    (the Coastal express water taxi operates from the same pier, 4.30pm there is a water taxi leaving that pier which typically includes quite a few school children – Thank God….this could of been a larger disaster)

  6. more common sense says:

    well, well my dear you should know why god did not made any of us a sea creature, because he do not wants us to be in the ocean it’s a discovery for no one to know what’s under the big blue sea but it’s also sad that he died in an explotion so damm painful witness will have a lot of fear from what had happend. “REST in PEACE” sah. comming from a 9 year old.

  7. SP DIVER says:

    Hey ROD.
    do you even have a idea of the words coming out of your mouth??????????
    Have some respect if you dont even know how you are talikng about…
    the guy had 20 years experience for you unacured information…

  8. SP Diver says:

    Hye ROD,
    Do you even think before you say what you say????
    i can tell that you never knew the guy you are judging.
    just for your unacured info of yours, he had 20 years on the fild.
    so get your facts together..

    R.I.P CHAPIN . . . . . .
    no matter what this clowns do for plubic attention…

    Have some respect ROD!!!!!!!!!!

  9. air says:

    Oh yes , you have to blame the grand thug Dean Barrow, he goes to Miami to eat and fill his fat belly and let the Belizean die from poverty , oooohh disgusting to remember the thugs and how poor the grand thug is (((((((((

  10. even more common sense says:

    more common sense- people have been to the moon and back to the earth.

  11. noone says:

    look you ROD animal you dont call my dad a pet or a person without knowledge because i know that he had a way more better knowldege than you. if you dont know what happened well shut your MOUTHHOLE!!

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