Sunday 13 June 2021

Guide Victim In Rafting Accident Was Not Registered With The Tourism Board

Kevin Thompson Reid, the guide who died in a raft accident on Saturday in Quepos, was not registered with the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism (ICT), according to the ICT director of Tourism Management, Gustavo Alvarado.

Image for illustrative purposes

Thompson Reid, 45, worked for the company Quepoa Expeditions, which organized the rafting adventure in which he and four American tourists died.

- Advertisement -

Tourism companies are required to have accredited guides to operate, according to the “Operación de Actividades de Turismo de Aventura” (Regulation for the Operation of Adventure Tourism Activities).

Failure to comply with this rule, are subject to Article 355 of the Ley General de Salud (General Health Law), which could involve the closure of the business and the cancellation of their permits.

In the water accident that occurred on Saturday, October, 20, the three rafts, carried 14 tourists from Florida and three guides, overturned into the swollen river.

In addition to Thompson, Ernesto Sierra, Jorge Caso, Sergio Lorenzo, and Andres Denis, all from Florida and between 25 and 35 years old, also died in the accident.

- Advertisement -

See Cellphone video shows a group of friends from Miami just minutes before the group went out on a river in Costa Rica for a rafting excursion on Local10.com. It was the last video and photo the bachelor party would take together before the rafting trip claimed the lives of five people.

The tourists had arrived in Costa Rica on October 18 for the bachelor party of Luis Beltrán, who survived the accident.

The ICT reported that the relatives of the four deceased foreigners have already arrived in the country.

Meanwhile, the office of Quepoa Expeditions was raided on Sunday by theOrganismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ), investigating the role of the tour operator in the accident.

OIJ investigative officer, Elioth Barquero, confirmed that on Monday the Fiscalia (Public Prosecutor’s Office) compiled the testimonies of the surviving tourists before they left the country.

The company organizing the tour has the permission of the Ministry of Health, but not with the ICT Tourist Declaration, a non-mandatory accreditation to verify that companies have up-to-date insurance policies and high-quality services.

Tourism reaction

- Advertisement -

Rafael Gallo, founder of Rios Tropicales and honorary president of the Asociacion Deportiva de Aventura y Remo, Costa Rica (Costa Rican Rafting Association), warned that in 2002 a “price war” began that deteriorated the safety offered by rafting operators.

Image for illustrative purposes

“Rafting at great discount prices does not allow any operator to reinvest any profit in continuous staff training or the purchase of more sophisticated equipment. Rather, it causes the entry of low-cost equipment and the investment in human training is reduced to having guides ‘quickly’, with less experience and little training,” Gallo said in a letter published on social networks.

The incident on Saturday “is not only a cause of strong pain, but it will also be a reason to question an activity that millions of people enjoy pleasingly around the world,” he said.

For its part, the Costa Rican Association of Tourism Guides said that the hiring of non-accredited guides “in addition to being illegal”, exposes tourists to situations where it is impossible to confirm whether they have the proper preparation for professional practice.

Click here to support Costa Rica Water Rafting Tragedy on Gofundme.com

Source (in Spanish): La Nacion

- Advertisement -

FACT CHECK:
We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

Ricohttp://www.theqmedia.com
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Simple to request certification of vaccines against covid-19 applied in Costa Rica and abroad

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Health issued a new guideline on...

The US improves travel alerts for Central America; Not Costa Rica and Nicaragua

QCOSTARICA - The United States has eased travel advisories for most...

MOST READ

Carlos Alvarado describes calls reprehensible the persecution of Ortega against opponents in Nicaragua

QCOSTARICA - The President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, described the persecution of Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega against opponents as reprehensible after the government...

El Salvador Makes Bitcoin Legal Tender, A World First

Q24N (Reuters) El Salvador has become the first country in the world to adopt bitcoin as legal tender after Congress approved President Nayib Bukele's...

Costa Rica will have a system to reduce marine pollution

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica will have a system called "Interceptor" that will eliminate floating and suspended waste from the upper layer of its waters,...

Today’s Covid News: A slight drop in new cases and deaths is seen

QCOSTARICA - Faced with wasting a vaccine dose when people in the priority groups scheduled do not show up, and a substitute cannot be...

Police intervenes in the Rincón Grande de Pavas school due to overcrowding

HQ - The Fuerza Publica (National Pollice) intervened an agglomeration of people on the outskirts of the Rincón Grande de Pavas school during the...

eHow to Become Successful in Online Casino Betting 

To become a successful gambler in the online industry, there is a lot to cover. It can be known to be a vastly different...

The US improves travel alerts for Central America; Not Costa Rica and Nicaragua

QCOSTARICA - The United States has eased travel advisories for most Central American countries, with the exception of Costa Rica and Nicaragua, according to...

Southwest resumes operations today at the Guanacaste Airport

QCOSTARICA - This Sunday, the Guanacaste Airport - a member of the VINCI Airports network - received the first of the daily flights from...

Costa Rica cannot feel safe from covid-19 before having about 80% of population vaccinated

QCOSTARICA - No doubt, vaccines are one of the most powerful tools to maintain control of Covid-19, but when it comes to entire populations,...

WANT TO STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST!

Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.