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Jul 22, 2013

Visually Impaired boy prepares to dive the Blue Hole

Fourteen-year-old Rowan Garel, the visually impaired teenager who conquered Victoria Peak two years ago, was set to dive the Blue Hole on Tuesday; however, plans to make the descent below the surface of the Caribbean Sea have changed due to the weather.  It’s a minor setback given all the preparation that has gone into Rowan’s latest adventure but today a small craft warning was issued for the coast of Belize, prompting the organizers to postponed the dive to Friday.  News Five spoke with Carla Ayres-Musa of the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired this afternoon and she told us that the event is still on for this week despite the inclement weather.


Carla Ayres-Musa, Belize Council for the Visually Impaired

“I know everyone’s been anticipating this dive and weather and other factors haven’t been very cooperative with us. So we’ve had to reschedule and we are looking at Friday, July twenty-sixth I believe it is for the new dive date. So Rowan, his sister and I have been completely certified and we are just sort of waiting for the perfect time to do it. We don’t want to put anybody at risk; we want the conditions to be nice enough for people to be able to enjoy the experience as well as Rowan himself. So we feel hopefully, everybody say a little prayer, cross your fingers that Friday is going to work out.”


Isani Cayetano

“How does this all tie in to the idea of the ongoing summer camp? I know this particular activity is a fundraising activity to assist with this endeavor. Can you speak to us somewhat on it?”


Carla Ayres-Musa

Carla Ayres-Musa

“Well we had hoped that the children that are here in Belize City for this one time out of the year would be able to be a part of the event. Even if they couldn’t make the two and a half hour journey out to the Blue Hole, to at least be in the city when Rowan arrived or at the pier while he was leaving to take part in it. Unfortunately, we are not sure if that is going to be possible because the children actually leave on Friday. So we are hoping that Friday works out and Friday morning they can come out and just be a part of the celebration and activity to get everyone ready to go out.”


Rowan’s dive is part of a fundraising effort to raise much needed monies for the council’s annual summer camp program.

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