General — 04 April 2014 — by Albert J. Ciego

Five men and a boy, 13, are alive and well after a harrowing ordeal, floating at sea for 11 hours after their boat capsized about nine miles off the shore of Dangriga Town, in the Coco Plum Caye area.

The group had been travelling with Senior Superintendent Robert Mariano, Commander of the Police Southern Division, who is an avid sailor and fisherman.

Mariano and the group travelled to the Coco Plum Caye area for a day of fishing on Sunday, but shortly after they weighed anchor and were travelling back home, their boat capsized after a big wave slammed it at an angle.

The men held on to the overturned boat, while the 13-year-old was put on top of the boat.

One of the men daringly swam back to Coco Plum Caye, a distance of about 4 miles, and alerted the resort owner of the accident, and he immediately initiated a search for the other men.

The Coast Guard also was alerted and a search for the men began.

However, the men were not found by the searchers. They swam and braved the elements for 11 hours and made a landing in front of Sue Beach, in Dangriga

They were then taken to the Dangriga Hospital, where they were checked by doctors, then released.

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