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Cops save three teens from raging Macal river Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 August 2017 00:00

Police in San Ignacio have recognized the valiant efforts of two of its officers as they conducted a daring rescue from rapid flowing waters of the Macal River in the village of Cristo Rey in the Cayo District.

At about 3:00p.m on Saturday July 29, police were alerted to three young men who were stranded on a log in the Macal River. They were paddling in the river when the waters overpowered them causing the canoe to crash into some logs and sink. The young men identified as Kevin Requena, 17; Leighi Aldarado 15, and Bryan Oliva 17; all Belizean students of Santa Elena Town were then stranded on the logs and were unable to make it on shore.

That is when five officers responded to the scene with the officers securing a rope and Police Constable #720, Daniel Coc, swimming to where the young men were and throwing them the rope for Police Constable #1466 Derwin Garcia and others to pull them to safety. One of the young men was injured to his leg while the others were shaken up. The entire episode was captured on cellphone video and posted to Facebook where the officers’ bravery was publicized.

The officers were hosted at a lunch at Hode’s Place in San Ignacio in recognition of their bravery.