A Christmas day river tour in Orange Walk Town almost ended in tragedy; luckily passengers of the vessel escaped serious injury.  Reporter Maria Novelo has that story and filed the following report.

 

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Sometime around 2pm on Christmas Day, ten visiting tourists, who were onboard this 25foot vessel suffered an unexpected mishap as it capsized while adrift on the new river.

 

The vessel named “Fu dee River’ which belongs to Lamanai Eco Adventures and rented by Cruise Solutions, was being piloted by boat captain Felix Vellos at the time. CTV3 News understands that the vessel had just left from the Lamanai Maya Ruin when it flipped over after catching a large wave from another passing boat.

 

The boat captain, we are reliably informed, lost control of the vessel in the wake of the wave. Luckily, other tour guides who were in the area saw the vessel and the distressed passengers in the water and rendered aid.

 

Our reliable sources say that while not all passengers wore a life vest, they managed to get each passenger safely into another boat and take them to shore.

 

The company also dispatched another boat to the scene and assisted in bringing the passengers to safety. While no one was seriously injured, we confirmed that a few of them suffered few bruises, scrapes and scratches. We tried to get official comment from the Port Authority but they were unable to furnish us with a report as their investigating team was sent out in the latter part of today to the area.


Meanwhile, the Port Authority has launched an investigation into the incident.

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