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It is already Easter Break in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize and the island is booming with activity, from tourist enjoying all the fun adventures out at sea or on the beach, the restaurants are teeming with activity and the hotspots around the island throwing Easter parties; all gearing up for a busy long weekend of celebrations.

With the fun and safe celebrations, at times come some mishaps like this private sailboat running around in the reef very close to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. It is located approximately in front of Pelican Reef Villas, three miles south of San Pedro Town.

Private Sailboat Stuck on Reef by Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Hol Chan Marine Reserve personnel and rangers have already been alerted to the situation and departed early this morning, Thursday, April 2, 2015, to the site to start running damage assessments to the reef and work on removing the vessel from the reef before it makes more damage.

Considering it is a busy weekend for the island, we are hoping that authorities are able to remove the sailboat as soon as possible and hold the people responsible to the damages to the delicate coral reef. As Easter time approaches there is an increase in activity on Ambergris Caye, including vacationers who arrive on sailboats and yachts. Some of them are not familiar, or aware, of the reef and that is when they run aground on the coral rocks.

Ambergris Today will post an update from Hol Chan Marine Reserve as soon as it becomes available.  

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