Marine Unit Assistant Superintendent John Preville has said that all six persons rescued from Rat Island on Sunday, December 13, were locals and not tourists. Preville told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) on Wednesday, December 16 that it was "nothing alarming." He explained that four persons were taken off the island first, but when it started to get dark, the Marine Unit was called to assist with rescuing six persons that were left there. Persons believe the group could have made it back on their own, stating that it is a short distance from Rat Island to the mainland Saint Lucia. However, the group was reportedly left stranded after kayaking to the secluded islet. The rough seas prevented them from returning. No one was injured.