Monday, January 26 – The four passengers taken to Peebles Hospital are still receiving treatment following a boating incident off the north side of Virgin Gorda earlySaturday morning that claimed the lives of two other passengers.
Kari Anne Way, 27, of Michigan, USA and Howard Anderson of Jamaica, both employees of Oil Nut Bay and residents at the resort were pronounced dead at the scene.
Upon receiving the report of the incident around 2:45am, Virgin Gorda officers, Police Marine Unit and Virgin Islands Search and Rescue responded to the scene where they found a boat on the rocks at Mountain Point.
Five male passengers were still onboard the boat. Among the five was the deceased Howard Anderson. A sixth passenger, Keri Anne Way, was retrieved from the sea sometime later about a mile from the scene.
The 38’ inflatable motor vessel Inevitable reportedly left the dock at Mermaid Bar in Valley, Virgin Gorda for Oil Nut Bay sometime around 2am with five employees of Oil Nut Bay and one guest. Upon reaching the area of Mountain Point also known as Cow Mouth the vessel ran onto the rocks.
Injured were the male captain from New Zealand and three others males, one from Dominica, one from Miami and one from Michigan, USA.
The vessel has since been removed from the rocks and taken to Police Marine Base as investigations continue into the incident. The deaths have been reported to the Coroner’s Office.