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Feb 10, 2020

Samadhi Vessel is Tracked to Honduras

Today, we did a search on the location of the vessel. According to the information, the Samadhi yacht, which was built back in 2006, is registered to the Cayman Island. Just before news time tonight, the pleasure craft is located in the Gulf of Honduras. The overall length of the vessel is about two hundred feet and its width is thirty-five feet and its deadweight tonnage is two hundred and twenty tons. News Five has been told that the Department of Environment, with assistance from the coastguard, are tracking the vessel and have contacted their Honduran counterpart in an effort to intercept it.  While the damage assessment will be done by D.O.E. personnel, earlier today when we spoke with Executive Director Amanda Burgos, she says that they will assist with facilitating where they can.


Amanda Burgos

Amanda Burgos, Executive Director, Belize Audubon Society

“So there is a methodology; it is a standard methodology that has been developed that the D.O.E. and like I said the Fisheries and other agencies implement. You dive and you do a transit looking at the impact. It is a large yacht so the anchor has to sustain a vessel of that size. If you all know that the breeze has been blowing here; we can only surmise that it was blowing equally as strong there. But yes, as the boat shifts, the chain will move. Estimations of a chain length anywhere from a hundred to seventy-five feet of chain is what was dragged. But I would not like to speculate; I haven’t seen the damage, I haven’t seen the site. I don’t know the exact length of time that the vessel was there. It was probably a few hours that it was at that site. The normal time of that dive is in the afternoon and like I said between five-thirty and six, the vessel was gone already.”

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