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Tourist drowns near Devil's Bay

A tourist reportedly encountered difficulties and drowned while snorkelling near Devil's Bay, Virgin Gorda sometime after noon yesterday, June 10, 2015. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A tourist reportedly encountered difficulties and drowned while snorkelling near Devil's Bay, Virgin Gorda sometime after noon yesterday, June 10, 2015.

This was also confirmed by the Public Relations Unit of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF). Responding to request for confirmation on reports reaching Virgin Islands News Online, Police Information Officer Ms Diane Drayton said, "‎ I can confirm a death of a male tourist, age 69. He was in the water near Devil’s Bay when he became unresponsive."

Information reaching Virgin Islands News Online is that the man was snorkelling, along with his wife and others, when he encountered difficulties and had to be placed onto the beach. The tourist reportedly had taken in lots of water in the process and by time rescuers pulled him to shore efforts to resuscitate him could not suffice. 

This news site also understands that the man’s wife is a nurse and there was also a doctor on the beach at Devil's Bay but their best efforts but could not save his life.

The Fire and Rescue Services at Virgin Gorda and VISAR were also called in. When contacted, VISAR  confirmed that its officers responded to a distress call but couldn't give much details as it said by the time its men reached Devil’s Bay, they were only useful ‎in transporting the body to the mortuary as the Fire and Rescue Services and the medical persons on the scene had already done all that was necessary and possible.

The individual's name and nationality have not yet been made public.


17 Responses to “Tourist drowns near Devil's Bay”

  • rip (11/06/2015, 12:56) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
    Sorry to hear and may God comfort the family. But I am wondering why it look its always these old people off some ship come an drown
    • a Lifesaving Pro (11/06/2015, 14:00) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
      People of older ages often have heart problems, often overestimate their physical strength, often regurgitate food and choke, often are poor swimmers to begin with, often do not know proper use of snorkel and mask...and on and is what can happen...that is all.
    • Me (11/06/2015, 16:01) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
      I jus here saying the very same guess they wanna die in natures little secret
  • bvi (11/06/2015, 12:58) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sympathy to the family
  • hmmmmmm (11/06/2015, 12:58) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
    Senior swimmers need to be educated about vi waters, dread a wrip tide an what to do in case of cramp or given some signal gear or swim in group
  • rip (11/06/2015, 13:02) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I pray that the family finds courage in god
  • C..t (11/06/2015, 13:18) Like (1) Dislike (32) Reply
    Ndp. Doit
    • Scary Mary (11/06/2015, 14:20) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      My sincere condolences to the gentleman's family and friends.


      to C..t - I don't usually fling names about or go on personal attacks like many others do, but if I was so inclined, this would be the time I would do it.

      A man has lost his life and people who love him are grieving. Are you really such a $#@%^ that you can't understand that or do you really not care?

      In either case, it is persons such as yourself who make me wonder what mankind is becoming.


      Again, my sincere and heartfelt condolences to the man's family. I'll say a prayer for you all tonight.
      • nan (11/06/2015, 17:19) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        I agree with you Scary Mary. My condolences to the family. Don't waste your time on uneducated ignorant idiots like C..t. They are too stupid to know this is not funny and they are out of place and disrespectful.
    • lollol (11/06/2015, 19:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Lol lol u are crazy but thanks for the laugh lol rip VIP
  • ccc (11/06/2015, 13:37) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    No life gaurd on beaches
  • kk (11/06/2015, 18:49) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
    Nurse Wife and Doctor friend---Dead Husband---I hope Police checking these people insurance policy.
    • rrr (11/06/2015, 21:30) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      Seriously kk!!! This is my family. How dare you. You don't even know us. He was a good man with a wife, children and grandchildren who loved him very much. The article does not say the doctor was a friend. This is a tragic incident that has devastated our family.
      As for
      The rest of you who have cruel and negative things to say... What if this was you family member?

  • Connotation (12/06/2015, 07:23) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    No one should be swimming near or on this beach. Perhaps there is a reason why it is called Devil Bay. In reality, too many persons are dying in this area. Perhaps there is a 'debil' that really does something to these waters. 'The thing came down and troubled the water, the waters of Devil Bay, so don't go bathe there, the water will send you another way."
  • Voter Too (12/06/2015, 07:52) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    What you all expect the name of the bay itself means danger- DEVIL'S BAY. Perhaps if the name is changed things might be different. If I can recall also many a drowning have happened around this area.
  • water man (12/06/2015, 09:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    That's the easiest way tho kill your love one and then collect their insurance benefits.
  • cursed (17/06/2015, 09:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    maybe it time to change the name of that beach

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