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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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