The law and the sea in Cozumel.
Posted 18 September 2003 - 09:17 AM
There are two legal systems.
(1) The old school, finders - keepers, sell it for what you can get for it.
(2) The new school, if you find something underwater, turn it over to the Port Authority, they will make a reasonable effort to find the owner, and if they cannot find the owner the item will be returned to you. In our case, the owner of the lost property was immediately know, the divemaster who found it should have returned it to us, accepted any gratuity offered, not bargained for more money.
The divemaster on both boats were aware of the law and chose not to uphold the higher moral standard. Not all divemasters are out to make a dollar, most of them are hardworking & honest. Our divemaster was removed from the boat by the shop owner. If you every think you have been cheated, talk to the police, they helped us. The names of the dive shops was withheld. We are in the process of modifying our camera system with several safety cords to prevent “loss of strobe”.
Posted 18 September 2003 - 10:10 AM
They also know that if they blatantly rip off tourists, they will loose business in the long run.
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