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UPDATE: Body found is that of Deshaun M. Bryan aka 'Bongo'

It has been confirmed that the body of Deshaun M. Bryan aka 'Bongo' was found floating in Virgin Islands waters around 9:00 AM today, July 15, 2017. Photo: Facebook
A photo was sent to our newsroom, allegedly of the body found in waters off Pockwood Pond, Tortola today, July 15, 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
A photo was sent to our newsroom, allegedly of the body found in waters off Pockwood Pond, Tortola today, July 15, 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
The body being taken to the Virgin Islands Search and Rescue dock at Prospect Reef today, July 15, 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
The body being taken to the Virgin Islands Search and Rescue dock at Prospect Reef today, July 15, 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Family, friends and well-wishers have received the sad and depressing news that the body found floating in Virgin Islands waters, close to Tortola's Pockwood Pond around 9:00 A.M. today, July 15, 2017 is that of missing boater Deshaun M. Bryan aka 'Bongo'.

The body was discovered by a fisherman, and also spotted by Speedy's Ferry Service who reportedly called Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR).

The body was then recovered from the seawater by VISAR with support from the Royal Virgin Islands Police Marine Base, and it is currently at the mortuary at Peebles Hospital in Road Town, on the main island of Tortola.

Families and friends of the deceased gathered this morning at Peebles Hospital in Road Town and assisted in identifying the body of the young 25 year old Virgin Islander, affectionately known as 'Bongo' or 'Bangking'.

Now that the body has been identified there will be an official autopsy to determine the cause of death.

How did it happened?

It was on Tuesday July 11, 2017 that the deceased and another man (whose name we have but will not publish) was in a boat mishap at Sir Francis Drake Channel around 5:30 P.M.

Both occupants allegedly jumped into the water when the boat overturned and the other person was rescued from the sea, treated for minor injuries and discharged from Peebles Hospital.

The staff and management of Virgin Islands News Online express our condolences to Mr Bryan's immediate family and other loved ones.

See previous article published July 15, 2017

 Body found in waters near Pockwood Pond

Reports reaching our newsroom indicate that a body has been discovered floating in waters near Pockwood Pond, Tortola.

According to information, the body was first spotted by a fisherman around 9:00 A.M. this morning, July 15, 2017 and shortly after a vessel travelling to St Thomas from Tortola also stopped in the area following the discovery.

The body has already been removed from the water and taken to the mortuary.

There is no official confirmation at this time that the body is that of missing boater Deshaun M. Bryan aka ‘Bongo’; however, Police Information Officer Diane L. Drayton confirmed the discovery.

"I can confirm that a body was recovered from the sea somewhere around the Pockwood Pond area this morning," Ms Drayton told our newsroom.

Bryan has been missing since July 11, 2017 following a boat mishap in Sir Francis Drake Channel around 5:30 P.M.

The 25 year old was one of two men on-board a speedboat that overturned in waters between Road Harbour on Tortola and Peter Island.

Both occupants allegedly jumped into the sea when the boat overturned and one person was rescued from the sea, treated for minor injuries and discharged from Peebles Hospital.

Virgin Islands News Online will bring more details as they come in.

46 Responses to “UPDATE: Body found is that of Deshaun M. Bryan aka 'Bongo'”

  • belonger (15/07/2017, 11:32) Like (25) Dislike (2) Reply

    Condolences to the family.

  • hm (15/07/2017, 11:44) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    sigh..
  • prayers (15/07/2017, 11:50) Like (40) Dislike (1) Reply
    Glad they found him but sorry for the lost. Prayers ro his family and friends. Hope this brings some form of closure. My heart aches for his mom.
  • Cuz (15/07/2017, 11:50) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Rip bango
  • ..... (15/07/2017, 11:56) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    Sad way to go at age 25
    • @ ... (15/07/2017, 12:51) Like (13) Dislike (15) Reply
      at least i give vino credit for a excellent story while others saying its bango the body has not been identified
  • lily (15/07/2017, 12:16) Like (26) Dislike (9) Reply
    "Jumped from the boat" ??? hmmmmm if you were pitched from the boat ... then u would've had a case ...
  • SOBbing (15/07/2017, 13:00) Like (10) Dislike (11) Reply
    well it is about time
  • sad sad (15/07/2017, 13:06) Like (8) Dislike (16) Reply
    His father attends every funeral on tortola
    • his father (15/07/2017, 13:36) Like (37) Dislike (3) Reply
      he loved his son so much with all his heart. sorry for your loss bongo senior
    • @so sad (15/07/2017, 16:06) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
      What s wrong with you people. Whether we type words or let them out our mouths is the same effect. Stuff has a way of coming back to us so let's be careful with the words we post. Heaven knows
  • #only blog (15/07/2017, 13:13) Like (48) Dislike (2) Reply
    First I want to say, I DONOT know the young man nor his family.Second, I want to send my condolences to his family and friends. Now, I just want to say I read each and every blog and I was disgusted with the things people were saying. Just stop for a moment and think about his mother feelings. Stop assuming and bashing people.

  • !!!! (15/07/2017, 14:42) Like (4) Dislike (13) Reply
    Live fast ......young, r.i.p tho my youth , hope n pray the for the best , but u know what to except
  • So Sorry, bvIslander, NYC (15/07/2017, 16:17) Like (20) Dislike (30) Reply
    My deepest condolences to the young man, family and friends. This was a sad event that happened.To the parents, don't play into any of the idle gossip that is going around about your son. Hang in there and hold on to your faith. Sorry for what happened to your son and may he RIP.
  • Xxx (15/07/2017, 17:25) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Gone to soon
  • jah (15/07/2017, 17:32) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
    Speed boats!!!
  • So sad (15/07/2017, 17:50) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
    So sad that we are losing our young men too soon. I am going to invest in my son and his friends life and get them some life jackets/vests as they are always on the sea. I pray they make use of them.
  • job (15/07/2017, 18:08) Like (20) Dislike (6) Reply
    Bang king, that's an interesting name. I wonder what's the meaning behind that name.
    • cgb (15/07/2017, 19:55) Like (7) Dislike (8) Reply
      Get a life!
    • People like you (15/07/2017, 21:08) Like (9) Dislike (15) Reply
      it always have people like you coming to the blogs to post Sh%^ like this to make the other bloggers who didn't really knew the people think bad stuff about them.. they guy was known for being a good bike rider... take your negative comments some where else bih
    • 911 (16/07/2017, 17:19) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      who are we as a people?
    • stfu (20/07/2017, 18:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You never bang a bike before?
  • visitor (15/07/2017, 19:56) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Oh well so it Go.Ah lyfe
  • Judgment (15/07/2017, 20:01) Like (25) Dislike (8) Reply
    Karma cum quick fi you mehson
    • @ judgement (15/07/2017, 22:48) Like (18) Dislike (15) Reply
      We all have our day coming no matter the degree. Don't you know that Karma will find you too? How clean are your hands and heart. Ponder on that for a while
  • Real Talk (15/07/2017, 20:26) Like (3) Dislike (23) Reply
    The meaning behind the name is mind your own business.have you ever wondered the meaning of your name
    • job (16/07/2017, 03:22) Like (33) Dislike (5) Reply
      @Real talk, people like you and can. Well for you guys information, I am not one who will sit back and try to paint a nice and perfect picture when I was not so. I knew this guys very well and I know he was no darn Saint, so when I comment I know perfectly well what am saying, from a young age there were a lot of people who were hurt but his actions but as someone already said, karma is a bitch. Sometimes we got to be stop and stop early before it gets worse. Say what you all want, it's a free world with freedom of speech. I gave jack his jacket and he must wear it.
      • okay (16/07/2017, 11:48) Like (8) Dislike (11) Reply
        @job, yes you are entitled to your blog just like everyone is. However, this is not the time to speak negative about the guy. No matter how or what the guy was, I don't think you should be bashing him now that he is gone. Can you imagine how his mother, father and little girl is hurting? As a parent, I refrain from from saying negative about other people children.
        • Global (16/07/2017, 13:40) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
          I can see where you are coming from... however if the life he lived is as bad as they say it was, then not everyone will be sorry for his death. I don't know the young man but I go know his mother and if his life was negative then they should be prepared for the negativity whether life or death. No offense but dead or alive the truth is the truth and sometimes it hearts.
        • @okay (17/07/2017, 10:24) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply

          I understand you have your point also but I must agree with JOB. When do you think is the best time to remember? Before he went or after he's gone? Dont you think his parent knew about his behavior that possible made karma find it's way home? Our problem is alot of us like to paint beautiful pictures of hell before we speak the truth.

          Yes condolences is in order for his family but am willing to bet that his parent tried to no avail to caution him and warn him on many levels. Life is what it is. Parent speak, children refuse to obey, they pay the price, parents grieve. And so is the circle of life. Yall need to stop color coating sh*t and speak the truth. Warm the rest that lives if they live by the sword, they shall die by the sword. Who has ears to hear.... let them do what? Hear, understand, learn, live .

  • jah (15/07/2017, 22:12) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Jah didn't know the brother but my condolences to his family. Hmmmm
  • YOU (15/07/2017, 22:23) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
    Rip Bongo. Saw you at the ice cream parlour the day before and for some reason you were glowing. You looked so relaxed. Stress free. Mellow. The other young man with you looked playful and mischievous. He looked like a baby almost. There is a saying, "Here today! Gone tomorrow." And boy it did play out. So sad for your mom, but as time pass on she'll get strong.
  • Human (16/07/2017, 03:24) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    We express our sympathy to the family. Especially to the mom, we say a special prayer for you.
  • musa (16/07/2017, 07:05) Like (3) Dislike (18) Reply
    youth get kill too often in bvi come on leaders do your duty
    • farmer brown (16/07/2017, 17:22) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Your blood pressure will be a lot lower if your crazy people has coverage for their meds and stop writing tails
  • Freedom! (16/07/2017, 10:43) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    So sad i just read his girlfriend post confirming vino story RIP KING
  • closure (16/07/2017, 14:05) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    well he made his way back to the land ...thanks to the tide...thanks to Speedys for staying with the floating body
  • Fam (16/07/2017, 15:48) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    sleep on my yute
  • mary j (16/07/2017, 16:43) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    WHAT A SAD WAY TO DIE SMH
    • Joy... (19/07/2017, 22:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I never met nor knew him. But he deserves all the good things or nice comment to pay respect for him and his lovely family and kids lessen the pain his family is going through right now. If we cant say something good.... better choose to shut up.Condolence to the family of this so young man.
  • belle view boy (17/07/2017, 07:41) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    We will meet again
  • IGFHA (18/07/2017, 11:28) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ecclesiastes 9:5 King James Version (KJV)

    5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.

    6 Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.
  • who next (20/07/2017, 18:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    ?


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