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Missing man Liston Potter found & returned to Anegada

Following a search and rescue call, missing man Liston Potter, was this morning, January 13, 2019, found and returned to his home in Anegada after spending a rough night alone at sea. Photo: VINO/File
Sometime this morning, January 13, 2019, a local pilot travelling to Anegada spotted Mr Potter and his boat and immediately notified the Virgin Islands Search & Rescue (VISAR) team. Photo: VISAR/File
Sometime this morning, January 13, 2019, a local pilot travelling to Anegada spotted Mr Potter and his boat and immediately notified the Virgin Islands Search & Rescue (VISAR) team. Photo: VISAR/File
THE SETTLEMENT, Anegada, VI - Following a search and rescue call, a missing man, Liston Potter, was this morning, January 13, 2019, found and returned to his home in Anegada after spending a rough night alone at sea.

According to reports, Mr Potter had left his home yesterday Saturday, January 12, 2019—via a 24 feet boat with one engine—to do shopping in Tortola, however, on his way back to Anegada with a 4:00pm departure time, the vessel faced engine failure and stranded Mr Potter in the rough waters between Tortola and Anegada.

Subsequently, family and friends then registered Mr Potter as missing and this resulted in a rescue call being made at around 7:00 PM last evening, for planes and other fisher folks to help in locating the man.

Rescued and back home

Sometime this morning, a local pilot travelling to Anegada spotted Mr Potter and his boat and immediately notified the Virgin Islands Search & Rescue (VISAR) team.

Vice President and Coordinator of VISAR, Mr J. Phill Aspinall, speaking exclusively to our news centre confirmed the incident and said that they have recused Mr Potter and returned him to Anegada sometime around 9:50 AM this morning.

According to Mr Aspinall, “he was hydrated but ok,” when they located Mr Potter some five miles north of The Dogs. The boat is now being hauled back to Anegada.

Situation in Anegada

In a recent debate between the District Nine candidates for the 2019 General Elections, current district representative, Dr, the Honourable Hubert R. O’Neal said the population on Anegada was too small to justify improved medical services or a mini hospital.

The current population on the Sister Island of Anegada is around 350 and 400 persons, according to the District Officer, Shirley G. Vanterpool.

 

13 Responses to “Missing man Liston Potter found & returned to Anegada”

  • BuzzBvi (13/01/2019, 13:18) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    thank god it ended on a high
  • Observer (13/01/2019, 13:39) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thank God he was found safe. Hope the boaters exercise caution when crossing the channel in the future ... proper boat, equipment, communication, flares

    To those who were out there to give support to the family, those who volunteered to fly or sail, those who prayed for the safe return of Potter God bless.
  • Political analyst (13/01/2019, 13:52) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hubert doesn’t know. does he call to ask questions? Does he visit as he should? Does he hold office hours ? And why add anything about him in Potter’s story ? Hope this is a lesson to all to put safety first and have a marine radio or some way to call someone
    As for medical care lots of room for improvement so that’s a whole other topic
  • Thankful (13/01/2019, 14:07) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    Nice to hear that he was found safe and sound. Gods mercies are new every morning. We have to give God praise for keeping him alive in those rough waters.
  • concern (13/01/2019, 14:39) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Thank you Jesus for you protecting spirit and guiding angels.
  • Eagle Eye (13/01/2019, 17:01) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    He went shopping so I will take that as if he was loaded with food.and if he is a fisherman he will be accustom to those hours at see.
  • NezRez (13/01/2019, 19:41) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Why can’t they have a 24 hour clinic if not a hospital? Someone should always be there in case of emergency.
  • Interested (13/01/2019, 19:57) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Praise God,he is alive and well.
  • Awesome (14/01/2019, 00:45) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Thank you Lord for him covering and protection. All praise belongs to you God!!!!!
  • And Thanks to VISAR (14/01/2019, 01:29) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    To all the VISAR volunteer team members for their service!!
  • Truth (14/01/2019, 08:53) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Has anyone, said "Thank You" to the Pilot of the plane. He/she deserves it. Glad to hear that Mr. Potter is ok. Yes we could do better with communications devices but everyone needs to check in with a family member in your going and coming, Let someone know where you will be and going and when you going be back. it helps.
    • Anegada knows (15/01/2019, 06:26) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Thanks goes out to God firstly. Thank you to Bruno the pilot and VI Airlink, VISAR, CaribbeanBuzz for volunteering to assist in the search from the air, Sherwin and others who went along and Jerry, those who prayed, stayed and comforted the family and friends.
      Mr Potter you were lucky


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