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UPDATED: Boat arrives safely in Rodney Bay

By SNO Staff

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Fire officers are assisting the stranded passengers and crew.

A Wave Riders boat that developed mechanical issues in Soufriere during a boat ride on Monday, arrived at the Rodney Bay Marina in Gros-Islet shortly before midnight.

“We just got back home safe,” a passenger told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) at 11:53 p.m. Monday.

Some 70 to 100 passengers on the Easter Monday boat ride, organised by Corner Bar and Grill in Gros-Islet, were fearful that the boat would’ve broken down at sea during its trip back to the north, after the vessel failed to start twice for the day.

It’s departure time from the Marina was delayed by four hours after passengers were informed of battery/mechanical issues. The boat ride was originally scheduled to start at 10 a.m., but left at 2 p.m.

The boat failed to start again, at around 6:30 p.m., while it was docked in the town of Soufriere. However, at around 9:20 p.m., with the help of a fire truck, the boat got a successful jump-start and left Soufriere about half hour later.

Passengers are hoping to get a refund.

“Everyone was really upset and left. The organisers I believe will be looking for a refund,” one of the passengers told SNO.

EARLIER REPORT (part 2)

One of the organisers of a boat ride, that was halted for several hours in Soufriere due to mechanical issues, has told St. Lucia News Oline (SNO) that the problem has now been rectified.

The boat is now on its way back to the north of the island after a Fire Service truck helped to jump-start the vessel.

“We just left Soufriere and are on our way up,” the organiser told SNO at about 9:57 p.m. Monday.

The organiser disagreed that the passengers were left totally stranded. He said the firemen came to the crew’s aid and most people were still in a festive mood.

“Everybody in the boat buying drinks, some are walking on the streets of Soufriere, buying food,” he said.

EARLIER REPORT (Part 1)

The Easter Monday holiday for some 70-100 passengers and crew members have turned into frustration.

Reports are that a boat ride came to an abrupt halt when the vessel failed to start in the town of Soufriere at around 6:30 p.m.

Several persons on the boat ride contacted St. Lucia News Online (SNO) to vent their frustration.

Passengers told SNO that the boat – operated by St. Lucian Wave Riders – departed the Rodney Bay Marina four hours late due to battery/mechanical issues. The original departure time was 10 a.m.

“The boat left the Marina at 2 p.m. because of engine problems. We are now stuck in Soufriere for the same reason,” said one of the upset passengers.

The Easter Monday boat ride was reportedly organised by Corner Bar and Grill in Gros Islet town.

When asked why the passengers did not take the late departure as a sign not to board the boat, the passenger said: “They said it was okay…. [it] was a battery problem.”

Fire officers are currently trying to assist the crew in fixing the boat, but this is not enough to calm everyone.

“We are fearful of boarding the boat in case it starts… fearful that it might stop on the water,” said a passenger.

The passengers are hoping they will get a refund.

The boat reportedly had no mechanical issues during its April 4 Martinique trip.

“It’s just one of those days when a man-made thing stops working. It happens but I never had any problems on the boat,” said a source.

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37 comments

  1. you can get a refund if the boat never leaves the merina but youll get to were yoll was goin got back late but got back anyway yoll still want a refund yoll lucians too happy smh,.same shate,no refund yoll should have just gone home and ask for a refund ,av gone to martinique twixce and no problems if the boat gets problems while you on it it means your not m,ent to go

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  2. Start walking and sweat out the alcohol. Lol

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  3. U'll have 70 to 100 ppl on a boat ride ... the capasity of the boat isnt made to hold so many ppl. St.lucians like too much bacchanel a boat leaves the mafina at 2:00 i wud neva board the boat .. that shud have been a sign for u'll den u'll cuda gt a refund

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  4. Not engine problems dead batteries. And the boat should have a way to jump start itself with the flick of a switch. But but but. You see there should be 2 batteries per engine so if complete failure all 4 can be put together.
    This is poor manatiance, plus the fire truck won't be around on the way to Martinique.

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  5. They like too bacchanal! Like if they eh get drunk and stupid on a holiday then it was all for nothing.Twice I go Martinique on this vessel already and it stalled a total of five times! I will NEVER board that piece of crap again.

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  6. Engines do fail from time to time, it could be that maybe had she gone out a tsunami might have sunk her. Be thankful for what happens to you in life, this is not in your control.

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  7. Thank God for being merciful and allowing the safe arrival in soufriere and the marina.

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  8. boat rides must give passengers safety life jackets..police please look in that before boat leave harbour.....

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  9. Even human beings have breakdowns so we should expect that machines will. To the person who stated that the vessel was overloaded, this isn't so. The capacity to Martinique and for a local ride differs. I know because I work in the maritime field. Why get a refund when you guys had a longer ride.

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  10. Yall still drink and eat but yall vex

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  11. Blaii
    2 the World

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  12. this is not the first time.. since last year that boat giving trouble to start and it need a battery... a stupid battery management cannot buy....smh

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  13. Weh was ports police. DAT vessels should have never leave port.

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  14. I understand that the boat had engine issue that no one could of predicted but i personally would not have taken the chance and go on that boat knowing earlier on there were complication no way i have to to much respect for the ocean

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  15. Given the fact the there was a problem with the vessel before the ride commenced, the vessel should not have been allowed to leave port!

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  16. Wow , cant believe this.. boat should have not left port, lawless I tell u lawless

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  17. Kudos to the firemen. Boat is up and running. Praises

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  18. Thank God you'll made it safe.need a Bible not a refund

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  19. Woyyyy i wud just get tipsy n enjoy my self tan aaaaaaaaa

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  20. Where yall vex money, take bus and go at yall home

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  21. Seriously. Boat had engine problems poor to departure, left so late a d yet still took the chance to go to Soufriere. Y'all are so lucky it wasnt on the water y'all get stuck. Instead of counting y'all blessings to arrive on shore safely y'all upset because the boat can't take y'all back. Y'all have several choices right now, walk, swim, hire buses, or sleep on the boat.

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  22. Da gorverment shed stop dat boat from have in trips

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  23. No need to be upset, get to know ur close relative in souf.

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  24. Hey people I know that boat and it was just fitted with 2 new engines so all that talk about always breaking down is not true,people shit happens like express never broke down ,come on things happen and if u think I am connected with the boat I am not I am a marine tec so I understand when things go wrong.

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  25. Good next time go home

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  26. So what's wrong with taking a bus back up? Why can't they charter a bus?

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  27. Why don't they hire buses or coasters to get the ppl back to castries.

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  28. I hope they refund every single person

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  29. I remember going to Martinique on this boat a few years ago, there were problems with the engine.we had only one hour in Martinique and up to know I can't get refunded.

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  30. Oh oh...
    100 passengers? I can recall being told by the captain and crew members on a trip to Martinque that the boats capacity is 80 so why now they allowed 100 passengers to board the boat?
    That's not the first time Wave Riders have had engine problems, nor had late departures.
    Hope yall you get to the marina and home safely

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  31. Been on that boat many times to Martinique. never had any issues. Dont see why people upset? Cars break doen. People break down. This isnt something that should make news. Seriously?

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  32. Just pray to God

    For you'll safe return

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  33. looshan to the bone

    You all had no where going on a boat that started out with problems and you see now? You all should take bus and count you all lucky stars. God is sending all of you a message. Heed that call and fast. Stop with the frustration nonsense

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  34. Shut the fuck up!

    Aa, ya'll reach all Soufrierre already, ya'll want a refund? Lmao.. Woy, sa show!

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  35. There is no way am boarding a boatride 2pm, like seriously thats a sign right there, once ull heard engine problems, lucian like too much bacchanal, by 2pm ull shouldda consider going aqua maley instead.

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  36. i woda leave their bachside da,, the boat was not working earlier .. you still going on it...stupid

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