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One Dead, four Missing at Sea Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00

The body of 49-year-old fisherman, Thomas Levi Young was discovered on Tuesday, December 10th, at sea; he had been chopped and shot to death. The body was found floating about a mile east of Colson Caye.

The gruesome discovery has sent the family members of his 4 fishing companions reeling in panic because they left on a fishing trip together on Saturday, December 7th, and since then, the men have not been seen or heard from.

 Young left on Thursday of last week with 26 year-old Derwind Gentle, 34 year-old Sergio Flores, 26 year-old Kenrick Chi, and 24 year-old Elgin Graham, and they made it to their fishing camp near Southern Long Caye. They contacted their family members on, and they were expected to return on Friday evening, or Saturday morning at the latest. The families collectively got concerned on Sunday when no one returned, and all calls to their cellular phones went unanswered.

Fearing the worst, the families visited the police to file missing persons’ reports, and shortly after police called them and informed them that a patrol by Belize Port Authority discovered a body in the area where the 5 men went fishing. That body, matching the description of the men, was escorted to Belize City by the Coast Guard. It was processed by a medical examiner which certified that the man, identified by the families as Thomas Young, suffered chop wounds in the head, a slice to the neck, a chop wound on the forearm, and a 2 gunshots to the torso.

 A very violent end, and as a result, the families of the remaining 4 men are expecting the worst news. The police and coast guard continues to search for the men, and their vessel, Natasha, but so far, none of them have been found. Coast Guard has pledged to keep looking. Operations Officer with the Belize Coast Guard, Lt. Gregory Soberanis has explained however that an Area known as Alligator Caye down to the cayes in front of Dangriga "has become hostile. This area is an area that as Coast Guards we know needs to patrol frequently due to the piracy that occurs at those particular locations."
Meanwhile family members are only hoping that if the men are being held that they are released or if they have been killed that at least their bodies are recovered.