One man dies at the Blue Hole
Friday, July 4th, 2014
On Thursday, June 26th local dive master and tour guide, Marcus Alamina reported to the San Pedro Police Station that one man had died while on a dive expedition to the Blue Hole. According to the report, Alamina along with four other dive masters and 19 tourists left Ramon’s Village Resort Dock at around 6:25AM on a dive trip to the Blue Hole. The group arrived at the dive site at about 10AM where the divers were briefed on the dive and sorted into two dive groups. The group proceeded into getting into the water. At about two minutes into the dive, Alamina noticed that one of the tourists, identified as US national Larry Smith, was trembling and was breathing profusely. Smith’s eyes also became dilated. Alamina started swimming towards Smith who suddenly stopped trembling and his regulator fell from his mouth. By the time Alamina reached, Smith was motionless. Upon surfacing, Alamina noticed that Smith was no longer breathing. He was immediately taken to Half Moon Caye where the Belize Coast Guard transported Smith to the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) in Belize. Smith was officially pronounced dead on arrival at the KHMH.
No information has yet been received on Smith’s origin and family.
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