by James “JB” Bryson
As I have become more familiar with Bocas in the past year. Visiting a few times and speaking with many who live there. I hope that this most recent tragedy can become a bit more of a cautionary tale as something to avoid.
Sounds like a great day on the water turned to tragedy from sheer careless behavior. One thing I want (especially those on vacation) many to realize is that you are essentially in the middle of the jungle. Here in the city we have the benefit of what I consider the best collection of hospitals and emergency centers in Latin America.
However, if something happens in Isla Colon, Bocas, Chiriqui. etc, you are not a quick jump to medical care. So many things can go wrong on these eco type adventures. Boating accidents just being one of them. Bocas is beautiful but all must be aware that help is not around the corner.
( UPDATE: 6/10/2019)
PNO.com posted the article run by La Prensa below. I (as in me “JB”) am not of the opinion its facts are accurate. That is why I posted it.
My stance is that if “any” accident or mishap occurs in BDT, that HELP is not simply moments away. I am trying to reinforce that caution is necessary when you are out on the archipelago.
My quote was “a great day on the water turned tragic due to sheer careless behavior”. Quote-Enq Quote. I did not say it was on behalf of the victim or the captain, or perhaps someone else. But if a death occurred, it’s fairly safe to assume that something certainly went awry.
Please add more comments all that have any information. I will post.
An American died on Saturday afternoon, May 25, in a maritime accident at Punta Caracol on Isla Colon, province of Bocas del Toro, reported the National System of Civil Protection (Sinaproc).
This is Erick Tadeus Horabik, who was on a catamaran-type boat, named Jade Dragon.
The incident occurred at about 6:40 p.m., according to Sinaproc.
The Jade Dragon catamaran was operated by Gilberto Pineda, who told the authorities that Tadeus Horabik was enjoying an activity on the boat.
He indicated that the American was dancing and then decided to go to sea, but was hit by a propeller of the catamaran.
He was immediately transferred to the port, where he was mounted to the ambulance that would take him to the hospital. But he arrived “without vital signs,” Dr. Marla Estewart determined.
The authorities of the Public Ministry and the National Police arrived at the place to initiate the investigations.