SAN PEDRO, Ambergris Caye, Belize District, Tues. May 19, 2020– At about 5:45 on Sunday evening, a boat in which five persons were traveling slammed into a wharf owned by the San Pedro International Water Taxi.
As a result, three of the passengers were flung into the sea, while the captain of the boat, identified as Horace Bladen, 35, of San Pedro, suffered injuries to his face and left arm, and a passenger, Roy Bradley, 24, suffered a cut wound on his head and an abrasion on his face.
Bladen and Bradley were taken to the San Pedro Polyclinic, where they were treated. Afterwards, Bladen was detained by police, who have launched an investigation into the collision.
The three other passengers, Sandra Leslie, Celestino Campos, and Jose Lopez, who were thrown into the sea, were not injured during the collision.
The Belize Port Authority has also begun an investigation into the collision. Police said that Bladen was coming in to dock at the wharf when the collision occurred. The witnesses who were on the wharf and in the terminal told police that the boat came in fast, and samples of blood and urine were taken from Bladen and submitted for analysis to determine whether there was alcohol in his blood and if it exceeded the legal limit.
Feature photo: (San Pedro Sun) Damaged boat and damaged wharf