This is definitely a case of gross negligence by the boat operator. There is no way that the prop should have been engaged when someone was in the water.
It is not the fault of Holland America and I doubt there will be any compensation from the tour operator nor Holland America. It isn't easy to sue a company in another country. Especially a country like Belize.
My heart goes out to this woman and her family. A sad day.
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I was on the Ryndam, when this tragedy occurred.
The rumor afterwards, started by guess who, was that the victim had to
have only 10 stitches. Later, a member of our group was told by their clergy
that she had died.
I've never seen a shark in the ocean, snorkeling, swimming, or hanging out on three different Hawaiian islands over the years. You're in considerably more danger if you have been spearfishing, and are dragging a bouquet of bleeding fish behind you.
***Edited to remove commercial reference***
Last edited by Donna; March 5th, 2011 at 04:11 PM.
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