A concerned member of the public has again expressed concern about a wreck in the Cas en Bas beach, Gros-Islet. The source said the boat crashed on the rocks at the beach on Saturday, June 20.
In providing an update on the situation, the source said the boat is completely submerged, with only the hull remaining out on the reef, while more debris has washed ashore.
Local beach users have pulled most of it into a nearby pile. These include: fuel tank, roof, fiberglass, railings, and three barrels apparently used in an attempt to stabilize the boat.
“With periodic debris still coming ashore, swimmers and kite surfers are now reluctant to wander into the water,” the source told St. Lucia News Online (SNO).
The source believes this situation could have been avoided. He added that the boat (whose name can’t be clearly made out) was not badly damaged after it ran aground.
However, the subsequent salvage efforts were “quite pathetic”, according to him, because it was done in secrecy without proper visibility, assistance and investment.
“Had the owner and/or operator contacted the proper authorities (police, SLASPA, Fisheries), this boat could have easily been saved and the current mess at Cas en Bas prevented,” the source added.
The source said there are rumors that the owner was informed of the wreck, but because the boat was insured, he did not make the appropriate efforts to salvage it.