One Missing In Boat Collision on Chucunaque River - Darien
Friday, November 25 2011 @ 11:50 AM EST
Contributed by: Don Winner
Typical Panamanian motorized "piragua."
Editor's Comment: I was in a SENAFRONT boat one time last year, coming back form the area of Aguacate in Bocas del Toro and headed for Isla Colon. It was about 1:00 am - early morning - and we were in a relatively large government boat powered by four 250 hp motors. We had no running lights on, and neither did the little Indian dude who was out there in the middle of nowhere, paddling away in his one man dugout canoe. The sharp eyed SENAFRONT watch on the bow of our boat spotted the guy at the very last second and gave the signal for an emergency stop. We missed the guy by inches. Running in any boat, anywhere in Panama after dark is a dangerous proposition.