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Oct 12, 2011

Coastguard confirms theft and recovery of boat

In another story that has become an embarrassment; the Belize Coastguard has confirmed that a skiff was stolen from its compound over the weekend. According to Acting Commander Elton Bennett, sometime around eleven pm on Sunday night, thieves went to the coastguard’s pier at the headquarters at mile three.  The thieves swam toward the vessel under the cover of darkness, and unleashed the vessel from its mooring.  The sentry on duty opened fire with his M-16 rifle and while being shot at by the guards, a nearby getaway boat turned on its engine and came to rescue the thieves who then hooked the skiff onto the getaway boat. And though shots were being fired at them, the thieves sped off in a southward direction.  The vessel was a confiscated Colombian skiff, the type that is normally used in drug operations. The coastguard wasted no time in commencing a search party for the stolen vessel. And according to Commander Bennett, by dawn, the vessel was found in the southern Long Caye area. Commander Bennett said because of the quick response, the thieves had to abandon the vessel and hide it in the surrounding mangrove. He believes the motive for the theft was the valuable engine. Since then, security measures at the coastguard headquarters have been stepped up.  CIB with the help of the coastguard have detained two persons for questioning.

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4 Responses for “Coastguard confirms theft and recovery of boat”

  1. Rod says:

    Useless impotent gov. And pm this country is really in trouble until we get this pm and gov. Out.

  2. Islandboy70 says:

    I don’t find this embarrassing. This clearly shows the extent to which these criminals will go to get what they want. They have lost fear and don’t mind taking a lot of risk. If they are caught, they know that they stand a good chance of intimidating jurors, witnesses and walking out free. Oh! and let’s not forget the one and only Dickie Bradley who is very versed in finding all the loopholes of getting them off the hook.
    The Coast Guard actually acted swiftly in my opinion.

  3. CEO says:

    So tell me how the heck they have all the information about how the skiff was stolen but did not know exactly when it was stolen or who stole it; “Fool di talk but dah noh fool di lisen”.

    The why when they shhot they never hit their target? Every time deh lick shat notin drop! So why wasn’t there a centry posted by the river also?


  4. Benqueno says:

    This is a sign of how our security forces are infiltrated by organize crime….the coast guard (vessel) the BDF (weapons), the Police (security) of illegal activities…imagine what is occurring at the highest level….THE MINISTRY….and thats because Los Zetas has not yet inflitrated Belize that good…but its just a matter of time and believe me u, we the people will get !… our very own security personnel….ITS ALL FOR MONEY

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