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Thursday, 26 April 2012 00:00

The fate of three fishermen is uncertain after they are reportedly lost at sea. On Monday,  April 23rd, the Belize Coast Guard was alerted to three Sarteneja fishermen, 50-year-old TeobaldoTepaz, 49-year -old SilveroTepaz and 20-year-old MejadiTepaz, who did not arrive in from a fishing expedition on their scheduled time.

The men were scheduled to make their way to Belize City by Saturday midnight however, they never did. By Monday, the Coast Guard, along with personnel from the Fisheries Department and family members of the men, began an intense search in the open waters off the coast of Belize. On the evening of Tuesday, April 24, the vessel, a sailboat named Lucerito, was found. It was submerged underwater in an area on the northwestern tip of Glovers Reef. All that was visible was the sailboat’s mast, which was projecting on the water’s surface.

Coast Guard personnel conducted dives at the sea and found that the boat’s engine, some drums and other items were missing. It’s not certain what happened with the items but it is possible that they may have washed off in the waters. 

The last report of the men’s whereabouts was in the area between South Water and Twin Cayes on Friday.

The search is now ongoing but the chances of finding the fishermen is worsening as time passes.