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Group detained by Guatemalans arrive home

By Alexis R. Milan, Staff Reporter

A group of 37 Belizeans who were detained by Guatemalan officials on Saturday have arrived back on Belizean soil.

The boat carrying the group of Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) arrived at the Punta Gorda port just before 11a.m. Sunday escorted by Guatemalan coast guard.

The group was met with well-wishers who turned out to show their support.

The group was released by Guatemalan authorities Saturday night after the Belizean Ministry of National Security contacted Guatemalan diplomats through the Belizean Embassy in Guatemala.

Due to weather conditions the group of 37 had to spend the night at a hotel in Livingston, Guatemala paid for by the Belizean government.

The group had been detained by Guatemalan coast guard on the Sarstoon river after the were returning from an expedition to the border monument between Belize and Guatemala.

Colonel George Lovell, Ministry of National Security CEO has said that information from the Guatemalans suggest that the vessel had drifted into Guatemalan waters and was overcrowded and unsafe for travel leading to the apprehension of the vessel.

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