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American tourist dies off JVD

The incident occurred on the eastern side of JVD. Photo: Andre Dawson
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- 35 year-old female American tourist Elissa Bradley reportedly drowned this afternoon, Friday March 9, 2012 off the eastern side of Jost Van Dyke, confirmed head of the Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR) Phil Aspinall.

According to Aspinall, the deceased woman was part of a party of six on a charter including her father when the mishap occurred.

Apinall told this news agency that VISAR received a distress call at 3: 15 p.m. but when they arrived at the scene “it was apparent the woman was already dead and the police was immediately called.”

“I really don’t have much more information than that, the police are now looking into the matter,” the head of VISAR added.

However, this news agency understands that the body has since been taken to Scatliffe Funeral Home.

More details on the tragic incident will be provided as they become available.

25 Responses to “American tourist dies off JVD”

  • release (09/03/2012, 20:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    oh no not again!
  • Help (09/03/2012, 22:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We were at JVD when this occurred. The captain of our boat helped to bring the girl to shore, if you need additional information please let us know what we can do to help.
    • Brooke Ferguson (10/03/2012, 11:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Hi, any details would be a great help. I'm one of her close friends and getting information has been difficult. Please email me anything at brooke@businessbackpacker.com. Thanks so much.
    • Lauren (10/03/2012, 21:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Hi - I'm Elissa's cousin and I'm devastated at her death. Any details would be welcome, I think it would help me and my family to know more about what happened to her...thank you for trying to help her. Lauren
      • Patrick Leung (14/03/2012, 13:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Lauren if you are truly Elissa's cousin and are still looking for details on Elissa's wake, funeral, donations, etc please contact me. I am Elissa's husband's manager and have been in communication with him on these matters, trying to help him reach Elissa's friends to let them know what is going on. It would be great if you could help me with this. You can contact me at vi-xyzzy -at- tsongkapa.com Thanks, Patrick
        • Liz (15/03/2012, 00:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          I think this "manager" is a scammer looking to take your donations for himself. If you know Joe, you know who he works for and that he wouldn't have a manager. Elissa will be deeply missed by all who knew her and it is a travesty that someone is trying to profit of this tragedy.
  • qc (09/03/2012, 23:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    rip dear lady
  • haseem (09/03/2012, 23:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    why this is always happening in the BVI around the beaches???? I hope it is not anything to do with insurance, because I do not want the world to think our beaches are unsafe. But It's unfortunate and I pray that god will give the family strength.
    • visitor (10/03/2012, 12:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I aam getting concern as tis becoming to frequent...is the issue the need for more warning signs??? do we have or life guards on duty on Jost van Dyke????.
  • Confucius (10/03/2012, 08:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    My sincere condolences to her whole family and friends. What a tragic loss!
  • Aaron (10/03/2012, 16:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We love and miss Elissa so much. Please do not post insensitive comments. More information here: http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/showflat.php?Cat=0&Number=1392001&Main=1391992
    • under the rock (11/03/2012, 15:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      is this an ad or what..lol RIP
      • Steph (13/03/2012, 12:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        To the people who are not sensitive to the lost of loved ones. May God convict that mean and unsensitive spirit right where you sit or stand. Now lol that. She was loved by her family and friends. That is nothing to lol about.
    • Patrick Leung (14/03/2012, 13:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Aaron, I am Elissa’s husband Joe’s manager and have been in communication with him regarding the upcoming wake and funeral, where to send flowers and condolences, and where to donate. I'm trying to help Joe reach Elissa’s friends to let them know what is going on. It would be great if you could help me with this if you are indeed close friends of Joe and the late Elissa. You can contact me at vi-xyzzy -at- tsongkapa.com Thanks, Patrick
  • CNN International (10/03/2012, 19:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    lawd ah mussy this is sad to come to a vacation and loose your love one and its a bad begining for our long weekend!!!!!!
  • chnage (11/03/2012, 00:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    gosh vino you changed your photo from that one looking like ILLUMINATI..lol i almost taught that new pic was the baths but yea i know that beach on JVD...RIP
    • topic (12/03/2012, 00:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      photos looking like what????? maybe more like the shape of your small brain fool!!!!! keep the comments to the topic at hand!
  • Karen (12/03/2012, 15:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I, with my daughter and her friend were standing on the beach and saw the incident.  I am so very sorry for your loss.  We are struggling with the enormity of the event, and would like to convey our sincere condolences to her family.   It was a very high sea, one that was heightened by the high northern swells that had been building all week, and the spring full moon, which is a very high tide.  It happened at high tide.   Sent from my iPad
    • a close friend (13/03/2012, 04:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Karen, thank you for your information. Please email me if you are able to discuss the event. projectproducer@gmail.com Many of her friends are still searching for answers. Thank you for posting here.
  • Ronald jefferson (12/03/2012, 18:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I worked closely with Elissa at the Charles Drew medical school.What a wonderful free spirit she was.We are all saddened at her death.Sincere condolences to Joe and the rest of her family Ronald E jefferson MD
    • Patrick Leung (14/03/2012, 13:13) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Ronald, I am Elissa’s husband Joe’s manager and have been in communication with him regarding the upcoming wake and funeral, where to send flowers and condolences, and where to donate. I’m trying to help Joe reach Elissa’s friends to let them know what is going on. It would be great if you could help me with this if you are a close friend of the late Elissa. You can contact me at vi-xyzzy -at- tsongkapa.com Thanks, Patrick
  • Phil (13/03/2012, 08:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Our boat was moored next to the Bradley family. We were at the Bubble Baths that morning. After learning of the events we went back to the Bubble Baths for sunset and observed a moment of silence and group hug in memory of Elissa. Deep condolences to the family.
  • HC (14/03/2012, 11:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am a friend of Elissa's from years ago and happened to find out about the tragedy today. My sincerest condolences to her husband and family.
  • LO (15/03/2012, 22:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I worker with her before she moved to Paris! I was saddened when I heard the news and how she went.
  • karl (17/04/2012, 12:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I just heard about this. She was one of my students at IU Collins LLC. So sorry to hear this. Please make a donation in her memory to the Collins LLC scholarship fund at IU. She was an active member of the community and made a real difference.


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