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'Let’s have aerial search for anyone trapped' – Resident

A road that was made impassable on Zion Hill, West End after a retaining wall collapsed on August 7, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
Joycelyn Redhead (not in photo), a concerned resident of Great Mountain, Tortola is appealing to authorities and persons with the necessary resources to conduct an aerial search of the Virgin Islands just in case persons may have been trapped following the recently flash floods. Photo:
Joycelyn Redhead (not in photo), a concerned resident of Great Mountain, Tortola is appealing to authorities and persons with the necessary resources to conduct an aerial search of the Virgin Islands just in case persons may have been trapped following the recently flash floods. Photo:
As word circulated about a near death experience of a woman who was trapped in her home for days and rescued yesterday August 10, 2017 by the Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Services, persons are now appealing to the authorities to conduct an aerial search for others likely trapped.

“Please, we are appealing to [Richard] Branson and whoever else has access to planes, VI Air Link, to do the corporate thing and do a fly over search for any person or family that might be trapped and have no way or means of making connection with us out here,” is an appeal made by Joycelyn Redhead, of Great Mountain, Tortola.

The woman, who said she hails from Haiti and is in the territory less than three years, said she has had similar experiences in her home country.

“There are always these things and some people who have very little friends or even family, live in far and hard to reach places, they are there by themselves an aerial search is always needed for people like that.”

The woman said she felt compelled to make the public appeal after learning of the case of Lauren Keil, who was rescued from her Hodges Creek Home yesterday, August 10, 2017.

“I called you guy since yesterday when my cousin told me this sad story and I was not going to give up until I get to you,” she told this new site.

According to the woman, based on what was told to her the Fire and Rescue team trekked a dangerous terrain following the direction given to them by Ms Keil.

“She was very weak, wet and dehydrated when they did find her and had to be rushed to the hospital after being trapped for four days,” Ms Redhead said.

26 Responses to “'Let’s have aerial search for anyone trapped' – Resident”

  • Checkmate (11/08/2017, 20:27) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Perhaps it should be a national routine when there's a natural disaster. Don't just assume.
    • NezRez (13/08/2017, 14:43) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Neighbors should check on each other when these disasters happen. This poor woman should not have been missing for that amount of days. Friends, family and neighbors should always contact each other ASAP. I really hope she recovers soon. I live in Josiah's Bay and every nook and cranny is full of mud. NOT ONE EMERGENCY vehicle has come down here to see the damage and we called them the first day. We are on our own. They are only focusing on Road Town and chosen areas. This is an entire island that was wiped out. I am LIVID!
  • Good Point (11/08/2017, 20:48) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    maybe people should really put their drones to good use.
  • qc (11/08/2017, 21:16) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is setious
  • Fly Over (11/08/2017, 21:18) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    The Birds will have to be equipped with heat sensors and X-ray technology to detect body heat for live bodies and X-ray in the event of a deceased body
    • Helicopter (11/08/2017, 22:22) Like (18) Dislike (4) Reply
      We had that military ship in with its helicopter. If they can fly low to find the natural herbal trees, certainly they can return and make good use of themselves in this emergency.
      • Outspoken (12/08/2017, 05:20) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
        The same ship that you guys made so much noise about that you all done want it here and it needs to move from the cruise pier for a cruise ship to come in. Oh boy!
  • Dragon (11/08/2017, 22:20) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    Easy answer everyone do the right thing and check on your neighbour to make sure they are O.K.
  • pat (11/08/2017, 22:35) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    If someone is buried or trapped in a house, how can a fly over help? Neighbours should be watching out for neighbours.
    that is the best way. Wellness checks.
  • wize up (11/08/2017, 22:38) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    They don't really care about us!!!!!
  • wize up (11/08/2017, 22:48) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
    where is the United Kingdom and her Royal Navy???
    • Online Now (12/08/2017, 06:42) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Wize Up - time to change your name you ignorant idiot!
      • Jacperlance (12/08/2017, 08:28) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        @online now. And that's exactly what he is. Check the refrigeration man for Riteway
        • wize up (12/08/2017, 09:33) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
          @ jacperlance: you are a classic example of an "un-successful abortion"........
          • Jacperlance (12/08/2017, 19:02) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
            @wize-up, you has to know about abortion, because the way you behave, you has to be an after birth.
    • True (12/08/2017, 10:56) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      That Navy ship was on its way back to the BVI to help when Premiere Smith turned it away saying it was not needed.
    • crazy (12/08/2017, 13:40) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      The Navy ship was turned away by the Premiere, it was on its way to give assistance but was told none was needed.
  • tola (12/08/2017, 04:17) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    they only care about looking for marijuana plant
  • @wizeup (12/08/2017, 06:21) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    We only need Her Majesty's Services when things are bad other good times, when they are in Port, we want them gone. Why not go independant or look to America ? .we dont need help from the OECS they are not good enough. We too proud to say "help" People wake up !!! We can bleed to.
    • @@wizeup (12/08/2017, 13:25) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      Look to America for what? You want Tola be like St Thomas?
      • @@wizeup (12/08/2017, 18:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

        Looking to America or going independant ...I was just being sarcastic.

  • Food for thought (12/08/2017, 09:48) Like (3) Dislike (14) Reply
    As long as the aerial and ground crew are from the government departments and these shores and are not influenced by others with other sinister motives. Remember this country is still under attack and it is not only the financial services. As one of our former and longstanding Chief Minister and Premier once said, "be careful of [some] strangers bearing gifts." We do not want that sort of field exercise becoming a JADE HELM one which involves close scrutiny of everyone homes and property, and gathering of information for future reference. Wake up people. It is a good idea to be your neighbor's keeper. Do not get me wrong. HUMANITY must not let its guard down. There are several ways to take over a country, its leadership and the masses...and without a single shot. The holocaust camps of Europe during WWII were a cover for sinister experiments for understanding human behavior, medicines and development of machines and technology. Right now Haiti and Jamaica are being used. Huge loans TO THEIR GOVERNMENTS and then forgiving them some years later? Remember the court case that Haiti has against an international body who is a gift bearer and who denied that it was not leaking cholera into Haiti's sewerage system deliberately? This incident occurred right after the 2010 earthquake that caused the global community to send assistance. This is how it starts. Create a disaster. Then bring gifts. Then take over your country slowly over the next few decades. Nothing....I say nothing... in this life is free...THERE IS ALWAYS A PRICE !!! THERE IS ALWAYS A HIDDEN MOTIVE !! This is serious food for serious thought that HUMANITY needs to consider.
  • Hang on.. (12/08/2017, 13:23) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Didn't the Premier turn down help from the Royal Navy? That ship has a...helicopter. Would have been useful for an aerial search, no?
  • i know (12/08/2017, 16:21) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    Aerial searches for emergency and rescue are great. Unfortunately the aircraft and their technology wind up
    being used more often for invasion of privacy - spying - and the obsession with marijuana and drug related
    matters. Privacy is not respected by governments overall. And yes the BVI is being played with, the problems
    here are not all from shortcomings within.

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