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Fishermen Murdered in Belize

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Just a heads up- Two disturbing incidents in the last week coming out of Belize. A group of 4 and the boat captain were shot and killed execution style in the area of Swallow Caye. The second incident was a doctor from Virginia who was fly fishing with a guide around the San Pedro lagoon. According to the news article, a skiff passed by and someone opened fire on their small boat. The guide and doctor did not survive. Unfortunate that we have to share stories about violence while fishing. 

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1 hour ago, MyrtleMan said:

And the police are doing exactly what about it. I always thought Belize was a safe country. Guess not so much anymore.

Belize is not safe. We’ve been there and you are told to not walk around areas like Belize city. You’re a tourist, and you will be a target to some. We drove to Guatemala using a guide service and picked up an armed man along the way to escort us, being bandits were around.  

 

Its no different than other place you travel to, always use caution. Some things you can prevent yourself from getting in to, others you have no idea what will happen. We’ve had what could have been a close encounter with someone in New Orleans. The whole incident could have been very different if our guard wasn’t up. US city or some other country always be alert. 

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1 hour ago, MyrtleMan said:

And the police are doing exactly what about it. I always thought Belize was a safe country. Guess not so much anymore.

Thats what I thought when I booked a trip there a few years ago. Went through the capital city, it was super sketchy. Very poor and I stood out like a sore thumb. Went on an excursion outside the city and had to go through what looked like soldiers in bdu with assault rifles. That did not help make me feel any safer. The whole trip I just felt like prime hostage material. Not the way you want to feel on a vacation. Will not be going back.

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I was there 20 years ago. The mainland was clearly shady. Once on the cayes things were ok. But you were incredibly alone. If there ever was a problem there would’ve been no where to hide and no help. 

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RIP to those fisherman. That part of the world has gotten more sketchy in the last couple years. When I went there to Placencia to fish about 15 years ago, there were no roads, stores or anything, just jungle and ocean. The world class fishing is off the charts, but not worth dying for!

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Third world country acting like a third world country.  Just because it’s a fishing destination doesn’t mean it’s safe.

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Always carry. Always. If I can’t I no go. Went to Costa Rica a few years ago. First thing was to get beer and a revolver. I would go back if I knew I could find another when I got there. If not no go. That’s just me

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Belize City has been unsafe for a long time, but the coast used to be safe.  When I was in Hopkins a few years ago, there was no feel of threat at all.  To see these attacks take place in the coastal tourist areas suggests a big decline in those regions.

 

Anyone traveling out of the country, for fishing or anything else, ought to take a look at the State Department website, which provides travel advisories.  They can be eye-opening.

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Guess this is why John McAfee hired those armed guards.  Didn't want the locals trying to kill him while he was under the hammock with his mouth open.  

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