It is something that almost never occurs in Belize, but this past week an American cruise tourist suffered severe injuries after falling off a Maya temple during a group tour of the Altun Ha archeological site.
On Thursday, February 4, 2016, 36-year-old Brian Gooders was hospitalized after he lost balance atop the Maya temple when he tried to retrieve his fallen sunglasses. As he bent over to pick it up, he tumbled an estimated 35 feet to the ground sustaining injuries including a broken jaw, bleeding in the brain, facial injury and lacerations, serious neck trauma, nose bleeding, crushed liver and bruised lung.
He was rushed to the Belize Medical Associates where he was treated for his injuries and was flown in stable condition to the United States via air ambulance the next day.
Manager of Chukka tour company, Valerie Woods, told the media that Gooders had left the tour group he was in at the archeological site, indicating that he would not participate in the climb. What he eventually did was an unsanctioned and unaccompanied climb of the A-1 temple and fell.
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