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Jan 22, 2013

Film crew injured as coastguard vessel hits barge

Elton Bennett

As we said earlier, there was an accident on the sea over the weekend. It involved a film crew, the Belize Coastguard and a semi-submerged barge. A few of the people on board the Coastguard’s Boston Whaler were injured and according to Lieutenant Commander Elton Bennett, the cause of the accident is being investigated.


Lt. Commander Elton Bennett, Belize Coastguard

“One of the coast guard vessels moving from Belize City to St. George’s Caye had a collision on a semi submerged barge located on the west side of the Drowned cayes. The vessel was moving along with two other coastguard vessels. We were transporting crew members for a film in Belize, the coastguard is participating in. And unfortunately it was still a bit dark and the captain of the vessel managed to run over the semi submerged object.”


Jose Sanchez

“Was anyone injured in that crash?”


Lt. Commander Elton Bennett

“There were three minor injuries on board. One of the participants in the film received a broken leg and the other one received a broken tooth. And one complained of bruises on his ankle.”


Jose Sanchez

“These were coastguard members or part of the film crew?”


Lt. Commander Elton Bennett

“The injured personnel were part of the film crew. There were no injuries to any of the Coastguard members.”


Jose Sanchez

“Now the Boston Whalers are very expensive vessel donated under the CARSI Program. What damages were made to the vessel and can it be repaired?”


Lt. Commander Elton Bennett

“The damages sustained to the vessels include three damaged royal units in the form of damaged propellers. We don’t know exactly at this point to what extent the power head has been damaged. But so far it indicates no damage; only to the lower unit. And also some scratches to the keel of the vessel. It is repairable so we are doing an inquiry into the accident itself to determine what is the cause of the accident. Was it human error? We are also looking at the cost of repairing the vessel at this time.”


Jose Sanchez 

“So for the moment the vessel is moored here at Coastguard Headquarters?”


Lt. Commander Elton Bennett

“Yes it is on dry dock at the Coastguard. The vessel came back on its own from the location of the accident towards this location so it is still moving around.”


Bennett says that the Coastguard has ended all activities with the film company. Although the Boston Whaler was on the compound, and would have been showcased in a movie, permission was not granted to video the vessel in its damaged state.

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3 Responses for “Film crew injured as coastguard vessel hits barge”

  1. Islander says:

    Damaged propellers usually mean big problems on the long run

  2. Simone says:

    how ironic-dont they have gps or soemthing like that? maybe a spotlight to see where they are going? these are the people who will stop the drug boats or come save us in a storm? maybe they should patrol the rivers until they can do better but watch out for killing manatees

  3. Louise says:

    You appear to have brushed over the injuries. I have been informed first hand that three of the actors – who rely on their looks and good health to sustain a living – were seriouslyinjured; the lead actors lower leg was SHATTERED. One girl lost a front tooth and another has a damaged back. This is not minor.

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