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UPDATE: Fossi charged with two counts of manslaughter

- following deadly boat accident off VG in January 2015
Stephen Fossi, the captain in the deadly boat accident off Virgin Gorda on January 24, 2015 has been charged with two counts of manslaughter and is to appear in the Magistrate’s Court tomorrow, March 26, 2015. Photo: Team of Reporters
A close relative of one of the Virgin Gorda boat accident victims, Mr Mincainton Laurent, had confirmed that he is well on the road to recovery. Photo: Provided
A close relative of one of the Virgin Gorda boat accident victims, Mr Mincainton Laurent, had confirmed that he is well on the road to recovery. Photo: Provided
The accident had claimed the lives of Mr Howard Anderson and Ms Kari Ann Way. Photo: Provided
The accident had claimed the lives of Mr Howard Anderson and Ms Kari Ann Way. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Stephen Fossi, the captain in the deadly boat accident off Virgin Gorda on January 24, 2015 has been charged with two counts of manslaughter and is to appear in the Magistrate’s Court tomorrow, March 26, 2015.

In the incident, Kari Anne Way, 27, of Michigan, USA and Howard Anderson of Jamaica, both employees of Oil Nut Bay and residents at the resort were pronounced dead at the scene.

Mincainton Laurent and Fossi were critically injured and were unresponsive for days in Peebles Hospital.

According to a press release from the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) today March 25, 2015 “The captain of the inflatable motor vessel 'inevitable' which ran on the rocks in late January near Cow Mouth was charged today.”

It further said Fossi 46, of New Zealand and three of the remaining passengers, all males, were taken to Peebles Hospital for treatment following a boating incident off the north side of Virgin Gorda.

“Five employees of Oil Nut Bay Resort and one guest were returning to the resort early on the morning of Saturday, January 24 when the incident occurred,” the release stated.

See article published February 5, 2015

‘Help us pray for Mincie & Fossi’ – Relative

Yesterday February 4, 2015 a close relative of Mr Mincainton Laurent, one of two who were recorded as critical following the January 24, 2015 boat accident off Virgin Gorda that resulted in the death of two persons, appealed for the continued support of the praying community for him and colleague Steve Fossi.

“We know a lot of people have been praying for Mincie, we know they have been praying for Fossie too but they both still have a long way to go to recovery and we are asking that the public continue to lift them up in prayers,” said a relative of Mr Laurent.

The woman said that she was happy to inform that Laurent has since regained consciousness and based on information she was able to secure, Fossi is also on the road to recovery. “I can speak for Laurent directly because he is my relative, he has regained consciousness, he is talking a bit but he is still in a very serious condition in the Intensive Care Unit at the Peebles hospital. He has to undergo surgeries and those would take quite some time based on the information we have been told so far by the hospital,” she said.

The accident, which occurred in the waters off Virgin Gorda enroute to Oil Nut Bay Resort, claimed the lives of Mr Howard Anderson and Ms Kari Ann Way, while Laurent and Fossi were critically injured and were unresponsive for days in Peebles Hospital.

Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) said in a message: “The Territory was saddened to learn of the tragic accident occurring off the shores of Virgin Gorda in the dawn of morning (January 24, 2015). The loss of lives and the anxiety of families awaiting the fate of their loved ones is an experience that is personal to those involved.

I have taken to extend my deepest sympathies to the proprietor of Oil Nut Bay, with the assurance that my prayers and support are with them as they seek better understanding of this tragedy.

As Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party and on behalf of my family, I extend condolences to the families of the deceased. Best wishes for speedy recovery are also extended to those suffering injuries and are currently hospitalised. May GOD’s grace and mercy attend you.”

22 Responses to “UPDATE: Fossi charged with two counts of manslaughter”

  • ccc (05/02/2015, 09:29) Like (14) Dislike (45) Reply
    Fraser is the only one who cares not a word from the ndp
    • jj (05/02/2015, 13:52) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
      it doesn't have a thing to do with fraser or ndp. just pray that he keeps getting better.
    • Windy (05/02/2015, 13:55) Like (36) Dislike (0) Reply
      It's disgusting how some people inject island politics into EVERYTHING !
    • the rock (05/02/2015, 15:24) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
      lets pray idiot..we the people of the BVI now place both individuals before God for not only to make it through this tough time but to be completely heal, thank you lord, AMEN!
  • barbie (05/02/2015, 09:39) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Praying for you my brother!
  • cw (05/02/2015, 12:36) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Get well soon my friend, I you have a speedy recovery.
  • kids (05/02/2015, 12:53) Like (3) Dislike (15) Reply
    I will pray for all hope they get speedy recovery.
    Ndp wouldnt say anything they black if it was a white man critical from oil nut dr dolittle will be there quick hmmmm
  • ann (05/02/2015, 13:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    so sad evertime i heard about this matter
  • Windy (05/02/2015, 14:01) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    You pray for a speedy recovery at the same time you bring in politics & racism. Natures Little Secret. BVI is unfriendly
  • one eye (05/02/2015, 15:49) Like (0) Dislike (8) Reply
    a face only a mother wil love
  • Flowers32 (05/02/2015, 19:10) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    Where is Steve fossi Right now??????
    • Jacperlance (06/02/2015, 20:20) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      @Flowers32. You asked a very pertinent question. Can some answer the question please
    • RUNBOYRUN (26/03/2015, 08:53) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply

      This is the man who r*n aw@y? You see why we should treat our own people good? When something happens, they r*n to another home. Take warning.

    • scott (09/10/2015, 18:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Any word on this case? I am an old friend and co-worker of Steve's but its hard to get updates on this case up here in the states. Would love to know what updates are on this case. Thanks!
  • Bad Habbit (25/03/2015, 17:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Steve Fossi have let the island long time
  • ff (25/03/2015, 18:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So sad
  • qq (26/03/2015, 09:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is a no win for no one!!!!
  • ha (26/03/2015, 11:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    When you find FOSSI you guys let us know lol.
  • change (26/03/2015, 21:44) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Our thoughts and comments are so sad right now. I suppose racism will raise racism every minute of every day. I'm not perfect...no one is. This particular tragedy is hardly about anything regarding that. They are simply 2 people designed by God both bleed red blood that lost their lives. I Will pray for all involved and hopeful that some how truth justice prevail.


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