|American fined for running aground on reef|
|Written by Administrator|
|Thursday, 26 August 2010 00:00|
An American national, 46-year-old Kirk Leslie Daughtry, who in June of this year had run his vessel Odyssey aground on Drown Caye causing damages to the reef, is a free man after being fined in Magistrate’s Court.
On August 11, Daughtry had been accused of failure to report a maritime incident, refusing to authorize an officer to go on his boat and failure to take a licensed pilot. The most serious offense was the failure to report a maritime incident which carried a fine of no less than $15,000 while the others carried a fine of $400 and $200 respectively.
When he appeared in court on Tuesday August 24, the prosecutor for the Port of Belize, Mario Vernon told the court that they were withdrawing all charges against Daughtry. According to Vernon, The Port of Belize Commissioner and Daughtry had reached an amicable resolution after numerous meetings to settle the matter. Daughtry, we understand from reliable sources, paid $5,079.50 in fines and is expected to sail from Belize on his US$75,000 yacht, Odyssey, on Wednesday, September 1 to Guatemala. He plans to sail with his crew member 26-year-old Enrique Alvarez first to Guatemala where he plans to spend four months, and then he plans to head to the Pacific.
Daughtry had additional been charged with violating immigration laws and was also charged with failing to comply with a visitor’s permit of which he had pleaded guilty to and was fined $1,000 which he was ordered to pay forthwith in default six months in jail. He paid that immediately.