By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
Belize has recorded another unfortunate incident involving a tourist suffering harm, this time at the Altun Ha archaeological site.
Reports are that a cruise passenger, American national Bryan Goeders, had to be flown out of the country for further treatment on Saturday, after falling from the Altun Ha Mays temple on Friday.
Goeders, who had only been in country for a few hours, was booked on a tour of the site with Chukka, and declined to climb the site. After his group of over 40 people had gone ahead, however, Goeders decided to climb the temple, but lost his balance trying to pick up his sunglasses, which had dropped from him.
He fell 35 feet and landed face-first, causing a crushed liver, abrasions to the forehead, dizziness, nose bleeding, throat pains, a broken jaw, bruised lungs, and bleeding to the brain.
Chukka Tours Director Valerie Woods, maintains he was not on a sanctioned climb, and that the other tourists were in no danger.
Goeders’ incident is the second for the month of February, following a drowning at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve on February 1. The incident is also the fifth consecutive incident of a tourist suffering harm within the past four months.
Despite the irregularly high incidents of injured tourists, the Belize Tourism Board has said that visitor arrivals for the month of January has not shown any signs of the sector being affected. The BTB is currently on a damage control campaign to assure visitors to Belize that all local authorities are doing their best to ensure that tourists will be safe when they visit the country.