GOOD NEWS: Occupants of wrecked boat found alive

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GOOD NEWS: Occupants of wrecked boat found alive

Tourism Miniser Lorne Theophilus has confirmed that all four occupants of the Reel Irie pleasure boat that sank off the northern coast of the island on Sunday at midday have been found alive.

He told St. Lucia News Online that the two American visitors, who were discovered at Dauphin beach, and the two locals are now patients at Tapion Hospital. A hospital source say the men are being treated for dehydration, and minor bruises. The captain received a cut on his hand.

Theophilus said, on behalf of the Government of St Lucia and the Tourist Board, he has given St. Lucia News Online public commendation for being cooperative and professional with the authorities in how the information was handled and disseminated thereby preventing public panic.

He said SNO showed a “humane” side in handling the situation without releasing any incorrect info despite being under pressure.

More information will be posted soon.

 

 

 

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  1. Perhaps the Minister of Tourism should be addressing the issue of safety and certification of the commercial marine industry in SLU with the Minister of Transport (SLASPA?). Questions need to be asked about this incident and prevented in future for the good of the tourism industry. Why did this commercial craft not have a life raft, EPIRB, and handheld waterproof VHF. Was the captain properly certified with recognizable credentials? These questions will now be asked by these 2 American tourists and their families, and I am sure that was all they were thinking about for the 12 hours or so they were bobbing in the water fighting for their lives while nobody could find them. This is standard safety gear on most sailboats you see here and those skippers do it by choice. It should be mandatory for all commercial craft to carry this gear. We count on these marine excursions to support a vibrant tourism industry. MAKE IT SAFE!

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  2. y is it we hear from the minister after mishaps? allow the authorities to do such and tell us how we are going to improve our tourism product. WAT IS PROFESSIONAL ABOUT WAT I JUS READ. omg

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  3. Great to know all four people were found alive. I don't understand why Minister Theophilus thinks the public would panic but then again I don't understand why he called locals that complained about the situation at Sugar Beach idiots. Theophilus apparently doesn't have any faith in St. Lucians.

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      • It's good that all who endured this mishap are safe, but the remarks about the Minister commending SNO are self-serving. What was so professional about your handling of the information anyway?

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        • Blessings to all! Its not about the tourism right now. Take a moment and be thankful a father, brother, son, crew and guests being able to see their families again. UNITE Lucia n see the glass half full, not half empty! Theres constant sad endings in everyday news, and here we have a positive vibe n happy ending to what indeed coulda been tragic! Good work crew n may you and the guests aboard have a speedy recovery!!! Boats can be replaced, lives cant!!!!!

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