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Nervous moments as vessel hits reef returning from Anegada

- barge stuck for hours on Anegada in separate incident
December 2nd, 2019 | Tags: Anegada Lobster Fest reef barge rescue high sea surf
Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR) was summoned after a powerboat heading to Tortola from Anegada on December 1, 2019 hit a reef. Photo: VISAR/File
The stuck barge at Setting Point, Anegada last evening, December 1, 2019. Photo: Team of Reporters
The stuck barge at Setting Point, Anegada last evening, December 1, 2019. Photo: Team of Reporters
SETTING POINT, Anegada, VI- A few persons making their way to Tortola via a powerboat after attending the Lobster Festival on Anegada on Sunday, December 1, 2019 were in for a frightening experience when the vessel they were in hit a reef.

According to reports, the situation for the occupants of the powerboat was compounded by the high sea surf, which pummeled the vessel. This news site was told there were waves that even covered the boat, causing panic among some persons.

The vessel sustained damage to its engine, resulting in VISAR having to be called.

No one was injured.

Stuck barge

Meanwhile, a number of persons scheduled to return to Tortola and Virgin Gorda via a barge were delayed on Anegada last evening as the barge was stuck due to the low tide.

Efforts were made to free the barge, using a backhoe and another barge; however, the attempts were futile.

Another vessel had to be called in take the stranded passengers to Tortola, while persons heading to Virgin Gorda were asked to wait until the barge was freed by the rising tide.

According to reports, the barge was scheduled to depart Anegada at 7:00pm but was only able to get moving close to midnight.

8 Responses to “Nervous moments as vessel hits reef returning from Anegada”

  • lol (02/12/2019, 07:27) Like (22) Dislike (11) Reply
    Y'all don't study marine reports of high surf advisory... Going Anegada in those conditions...y'all lucky a set of ppl never drown.Y'all can't swim self bout you going Lobster fest to stand up and watch ppl.You can't beat nature.
    • .... (02/12/2019, 10:59) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
      Why hate ?
    • @LOL (02/12/2019, 23:44) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yes the weather was far from ideal on Sunday, We have experience boat captains and I say thank you to everyone who still journeyed to Anegada to make Lobster Fest another awesome event.
  • vip heckler (02/12/2019, 11:12) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    they need to fix the navigational light at the Bluff coming from VG
  • Captain ron (02/12/2019, 13:01) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Why O why doesn’t the bvi insist on these credit card captains getting a proper boat license? There goes more damage to the reef and probably pollution in the water
    • What? (02/12/2019, 13:40) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
      People near loose their lives and you here worrying bout reef?
      • Reply (02/12/2019, 18:17) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        for real
      • rfr (02/12/2019, 20:37) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
        First, nobody near lost their life. Second- have you no idea how important the reef is in protecting thousands of lives? Do you not understand that the reef protects these islands from far worse damage than they get in storms? Do you not understand that the reefs here are being damaged every day and when they're gone, Anegada will wash away? Your tourists will stop coming here? SMH.

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