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Sunday, Dec 05, 2021

UPDATE:1 dead in boat accident; identified as Frandy Martin Jr

More information has emerged from the tragic boating accident that occurred last evening Saturday, October 16, 2021, around 6:30 PM and has so far claimed the life of one.
Our news center has confirmed that the accident occurred in the area of Duffs Bottom, Tortola and involved a 40 foot Sunseeker yacht named Bayou.

According to reports, the yacht allegedly collided with a small powerboat with about three persons on board, almost cutting the powerboat in half.

Out of the three passengers on the powerboat, one male, Mr Frandy Martin Jr. suffered severe and fatal injuries and later died. The other two were taken to the Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital in the capital city, Road Town where they are undergoing treatment.

Details on how the accident occurred with the two vessels colliding at sea is still unclear, however, there were five persons on the Sunseeker yacht, who also suffered minor injuries, and two reportedly required medical attention.

Police investigators could not confirm whether only three persons were on the powerboat, however said that one person have been arrested and all persons are believed to be accounted for as investigations continue.

The Police were assisted by the Virgin Islands Search & Rescue team. Our newsroom express condolences to the family of the late Frandy Martin Jr., whose next of kin has been notified of his passing.

We will bring more details as it becomes available.

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