BREAKING NEWS: St. Lucian rescued at sea identified

By SNO Staff
Richie James of Saint Lucia (left) and Christopher Quimper were found alive, drifting on a boat 800km off the coast of St. Lucia.

Richie James of Saint Lucia (left) and Ismael Nemorin of Martinique were found alive, drifting on a boat 800km off the coast of St. Lucia, according to media reports from Martinique.

A 22-year-old Bocage, Castries resident has been identified as one of two men who were rescued this week after their boat was adrift for 23 days, relatives have confirmed.

Richie James is “alive and well”, his mother Rudy Corke told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) this afternoon, June 14, 2017.

Corke said she received the good news from her 19-year-old son who was contacted by his brother. She was told that James is in Aruba and requires his passport and a plane ticket to return to St. Lucia.

She told SNO that she is relieved by the news.

“My heart never told me that he was dead. I keep telling them he is not dead, he is somewhere,” she said.

Corke said she had no idea her son had left the island.

“I didn’t know he was going anywhere. He doesn’t live with me,” she noted.

James and his friend, 26-year-old Martinique national Ismael Nemorin, aka Ti Costo, were reportedly rescued by the cruise ship ‘Adventure of the Seas’ after they were spotted on a boat 800 kilometres off the coast of St. Lucia.

They arrived in Curacao on June 13.

'Bato' reportedly jumped overboard and drowned.

Christopher  ‘Bato’ Quimper reportedly jumped overboard and drowned.

Nemorin told French media that his other friend, Martinique national Christophe Quimper, aka Bato, 43, experienced hallucinations and jumped overboard. It is not yet clear if Quimper’s body was recovered.

Nemorin said their fishing boat, ‘Royalty’, developed engine problems on their return journey between Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21, and started drifting 49 kilometers from Saint Lucia.

Previous media reports indicated that the French nationals had reportedly set sail for St. Lucia from Martinique on May 19 and were last heard from on May 20.

Meanwhile, James’s mother told SNO that based on information received, the Martinique nationals met her son then departed for an undisclosed location. It is not clear if they met her son in St. Lucia.

SNO was initially told by persons close to James that the French men were fishermen who left with the St. Lucian for a “fishing expedition”.

In an earlier story, the mother told SNO that her son is involved in bad company and she has advised him many times to change his life, especially after he survived a shooting about a year ago.

James has been advised by his mother to change his life.

James has been advised by his mother to change his life.

Asked what advice she would give to her son when he returns home, she replied: “The same advice I always give him.”

She noted that she is a Christian and she always encouraged him to “come back to Christ”. She also pointed out that her 19-year-old son and 15-year-old daughter are Christians.

She said when James returns she will also advise him to stop hanging out by the road side with his friends.

“He knows exactly that’s what I am going to say to him.  He knows that’s all I talk about. That’s why he avoids talking to me because he said I always preaching, preaching to him,” the concerned, but calm mother said.


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  1. My wife and I were on this cruise ship for our honeymoon and saw the boat in the middle of the ocean early in the morning before the rescue. We didn't realize it at the time but later in the day the captain made an announcement that they'd rescued two men on a disabled boat in the middle of the ocean. We didn't realize there was a third person that had jumped overboard and wasn't found, sad to hear. A pretty incredible story and I'm hoping the story of them being disabled fishing boat was true and they weren't out on a drug run. Best of luck to the men rescued and hopefully they will recover the third man's body to give the family some closure!

    • We were also on the ship and we witnessed the rescue on the port side of the ship. I got pictures and video. It's hard to know the whole truth about what really happened. But, I'm thinking Royal Caribbean didn't want to damper the spirit of our fun vacation and chose to only tell the good news and let us find out the rest later.

  2. I was on the cruise ship that picked them up.... we were ALL in disbelief that ANYONE could survive that long at sea without food and water. I have never been a person who believes in God, but I do believe these souls were saved for a reason. I can only hope that this incredible second chance is more than just a story to tell. In the early 2000's, Martinique was an Island that I had the privilege to visit. It is beautiful... Sadly, some of your people have made it unsafe to visit. I hope I can come back again!

  3. straight SHOOTER

    Why would you jump of a boat in the middle of the ocean. makes no sense , I am a boat captain and something does not add up. === GOOD NEWS ONE LESS CRIMINAL OFF OUR STREETS.===.

  4. did they find any fish on the boat?

  5. Don't know the guy but I had a huge smile on my face when I saw it was him. Mummy stop preaching to him it will only drive him away. Just keep praying for him. I have no doubt in mind that your prayers is what kept him alive. ???

  6. Rip Christophe .He was my X boyfriend from Martinique. May his children find comfort at this time .

  7. SNO kindly review and proofread your news reports prior to publishing. The caption beneath the first photo states that Quimper was found alive along with James, however in the body of the content, it states that Quimper jumped overboard and drowned and the same is also expressed under the second photo. Which is it?

    • Thanks for pointing this out. All our staff articles are proofread, but we are human and we do make errors like any other news media. Thanks again, and the correction was made.

    • You need to read carefully before you lecture. The caption never said such. So quick to judge and not read

      • You obviously read the amended version, and not the initial report which was addressed in my comment. Note that Merrick responded to acknowledge that the correction was made.

  8. The guys left on a drug run and they saying is fish they went and fish...smh.

  9. Next time you are going to sea, my boy, make sure you have a conversation with your God-fearing mother. At the very least, she will pray for you. Commercial fishing is one of the world's most dangerous jobs. This is also true of the many other types of sea-going activities, whether legitimate or illegitimate. Listen to your mother, my youth, and make sure you stay on the strait and narrow. The sea is too broad and wide, and it leads to the destruction of too many "secret" fishermen too often--if you get my drift.

  10. Happy ending to some but sad ending to a family?????


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