channel1Belize.com has confirmed that a body was found floating in the Belize City harbor on Thursday morning Dec. 16th. , just a few miles from shore and in the area where ‘Cruise Ship’ usually park (Mooring).
The male person has not been identified and police have not released additional details. But the Minister of Tourism Anthony Mahler has said that the body is a Belizean man of Hispanic decent.
Initial reports are that the body was retrieved by the Belize Port Authority in conjunction with the Belize Coast Guard. No injuries has been reported so far, and at the time of this News-Post no indication of injuries on the body was visible, foul-play is not suspected. The man is now listed as a John Doe and is not a tourist, since non of the cruise ships have reported anyone missing from their list of passengers.
Late Thursday night the ‘Belize Port Authority’, in collaboration with other authorities released the following statement, Below. . .
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OFFICIAL REPORT REGARDING RECOVERY OF A BODY AT SEA BY THE CREW OF MV CARNIVAL GLORY’S RECOVERY VESSEL
Press release – –
Belize City, Belize – December 16th, 2021 at approximately 0727 hours (7:27am), the Belize Port Authority received a report from the Marine Pilot onboard the Motor Vessel
(MV) CARNIVAL GLORY in relation to a Recovery of Persons from the Water
operation that was initiated by the ship. The MV CARNIVAL GLORY was underway making way to anchorage to disembark passengers for tours within Belize MV CARNIVAL GLORY when in the vicinity of the One Man Caye Channel deployed its rescue vessel to recover what appears to be a person in the water. Upon the successful recovery of the body onboard the MV CARNIVAL GLORY rescue vessel it was note that the lifeless body was that of a male person of Hispanic decent. After the recovery operation, the MV CARNIVAL GLORY, with the lifeboat in tow, proceeded slowly underway to the cruise ship anchorage in Belize City. The Belize Port Authority supported by the Belize Police Department and Belize Coast Guard, proceeded onboard to further their investigation.
The MV CARNIVAL GLORY dropped anchor at 0916 hours, (9:16am). where the official boarding party for clearance formalities embarked the vessel. Meanwhile, the Carnival Glory mustered all passengers and crew in order to ascertain that it was not a Man Overboard from their ship’s passenger or crew manifest. At approximately 1025 hours (10:25am), the MV CARNIVAL GLORY informed the Belize Port Authority and the Boarding Party that all souls (Passenger & Crew) on board were accounted for. Upon confirmation that the recovered person was not from the ship, the Belize Police Department supported by the Belize Coast Guard took custody of the body and
transported the from the ship to the shore. Local authorities continues to investigate the incident and provide further information as it becomes available.
The Belize Port Authority would like to extend its gratitude to the Master and Crew of MV CARNIVAL GLORY for exercising the practice of “Prudent & Good
Seamanship” as they promptly and successfully launched the Recovery of Persons from Water operation and for cooperating with our Belizean Authorities in providing full accounts of the incident