Add St. Lucia News Online on Whatsapp +1758 712 6700; get major headlines and source us with news tips, photos, and videos

Jamaica: Captain of ill-fated boat fined


 Share This On:

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Mar 20, CMC – The 57-year-old captain of a boat that sank in December last year resulting in the death of two people, has been fined J$400 (One Jamaica dollar=US$0.008 cents) after he pleaded guilty in court this week to four charges under the 1971 Harbours Act.

Police said that Hurbert Dowie, who appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Monday, was in charge of the small boat with 12 passengers that capsized as it made its way from Port Royal to Lime Cay, one of the small cays to the south of here.

He was charged with failing to comply with the load line; failing to keep bilge free of water; operating an unlicensed vessel; and having more persons in the vessel.

Dowie was transporting the passengers from Port Royal to Lime Cay when the vessel reportedly developed issues due to poor weather conditions and capsized, killing two women.

The authorities have since identified the two women killed as 35-year-old Janelle Decasseres and 45-year-old Edith Petscha.

Lieutenant Aceion Prescott of the Marine Division of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), had said the JDF had been able to rescue people, some of whom were swimming to shore, soon after the incident on December 27 last year.

Copyright 2019 St. Lucia News Online. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or distributed.

One comment

  1. J$400 is nothing for two lives!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.