Missing Guanaja Youths Found off Belize
Ran Aground on Reef Six Days After Losing Engine

May 22nd, 2014
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Three Guanaja youths who were lost at sea six days were rescued off Belize May 12.

Danly Kelly, Bryan Puerto and Don Dilbert had gone fishing in a motorized cayuco (wooden canoe) May 6 when they encountered engine trouble, according to a relative. They had no food and no cell phone. They tried to signal another cayuco about half a mile away without success. They then drifted five days, rationing their water and using the cap of the cayuco to protect them from the sun.

They dried some fish but did not eat it for fear it would dehydrate them. They spotted a container ship the fifth day, but it was too far away to see them. The water ran out the afternoon of May 11.

A cayuco, similar to the one in which three Guanaja youths were lost at sea six days after their engine failed. They were rescued May 12.

A cayuco, similar to the one in which three Guanaja youths were lost at sea six days after their engine failed. They were rescued May 12.

Sometime after midnight May 12 they ran aground on a reef. They struggled through the night to keep the boat from being destroyed against the reef. In the morning some fishermen spotted them off Dan River Cay and called the Belizean Coast Guard, which transported them to Dangriga, Belize. The Honduran consul arranged to repatriate them to Puerto Cortes May 16. At press time Kelly and his father were arranging to retrieve the cayuco.

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