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UPDATE: Police confirm death of Anthony Martinez @ The Baths

-66 year old US citizen had complained of breathing problems
February 16th, 2015 | Tags: heart attack death the Baths Virgin Gorda tourist
Police today February 16, 2015 confirmed the death of 66 year old Anthony Martinez of New Jersey, United States, who died yesterday February 15, 2015 while touring The Baths, on the Sister Island of Virgin Gorda. Photo: VINO/File
The man is believed to have suffered a heart attack while at The Baths on Virgin Gorda today February 15, 2015. Photo: Internet source
The man is believed to have suffered a heart attack while at The Baths on Virgin Gorda today February 15, 2015. Photo: Internet source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Police today February 16, 2015 confirmed the death of 66 year old Anthony Martinez of New Jersey, United States, who died yesterday February 15, 2015 while touring The Baths, on the Sister Island of Virgin Gorda. This story was firstly and accurately reported by this news site yesterday.

“Police responded to a report around 10:00 AM that a cruise passenger of the Norwegian Gem was unresponsive at The Baths,” said a release from the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force Public Relations Unit.

“The deceased, Anthony Martinez, 66, of New Jersey, USA, was reported to have completed a morning tour of The Baths with his wife and a swim when he complained of breathing problems. He later collapsed and subsequent efforts to revive him were unsuccessful,” said the release.

“He was pronounced dead at around 10:35AM,” it said.

See previous story published on February 15, 2015:

Tourist dies @ The Baths

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI – This news site’s reliable sources on the Sister Island of Virgin Gorda have confirmed the death of a 64 year old man at approximately noon today February 15, 2015.

It is this news site’s information that the senior citizen who was a tourist to the island was among a group that had gone to enjoy the walk through the Baths on Virgin Gorda as they all came in on a cruise.

It is said that in the vicinity of Devil's Bay as he was going through the caves he was believed to have suffered a heart attack, collapsed and was lifeless on the arrival of the medical staff who pronounced him dead.

More details to follow as they become available.

19 Responses to “UPDATE: Police confirm death of Anthony Martinez @ The Baths”

  • ann (15/02/2015, 14:14) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    Oh no another one?
  • qc (15/02/2015, 14:51) Like (1) Dislike (15) Reply
    People should be able to move around and travel safely regardless of age!
    • Realist (16/02/2015, 08:17) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      yes, but if you are not in good health, regardless of age, there are certain activities that you should avoid! Hiking; strenuous activity is one of them!
  • rip (15/02/2015, 15:54) Like (8) Dislike (24) Reply
    The baths has at view to die for!
  • I wonder why (15/02/2015, 16:29) Like (9) Dislike (25) Reply
    Did you say Devil's Bay ? No wonder but there have been several death in the vicinity of the Baths. I hope that red angel didn't make an appearance looking for souls?
  • Realist (15/02/2015, 16:45) Like (33) Dislike (1) Reply
    this is happening too often at The Baths.
    There should be warnings posted for visitors indicating that it is a long trail/ walk down and the people with heart problems or who are hypertensive should not take the hike.

    Secondly, there are no lifegurads at The Baths! Why is this? I witnessed the incident today and it was sad to see this cruise ship passenger collapsed inside the cave. A tourist who hapened to be a paramedic did CPR for almost half hour. By the time the fire department's first responders made their was down, the man was already dead.
    Get trained life guards to work down there with equipment to help save lives please.
  • Sir Guy (15/02/2015, 17:38) Like (3) Dislike (26) Reply
    Man why these people always picking here to come get rid of their spouse! Man pick another country like Anguilla or Dominica. Second, Govt. get your butt in gear and get an equally good medical facility in VG like Tortola.
  • ccc (15/02/2015, 17:46) Like (1) Dislike (13) Reply
    Insurance
  • VG (15/02/2015, 18:30) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    It happened a The Baths not close to Devils Bay at all. National Parks need to get their act together
  • virgin gorda (15/02/2015, 21:05) Like (6) Dislike (29) Reply
    when he heard the NDP was in power he just kicked the bucket!
    • jacknjill (16/02/2015, 01:04) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      We should have been hearing friends and relatives of you moo.mooish-blogger
  • BELL (16/02/2015, 10:27) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I heard the ambulance wailing going up that way and came back a while after without a sound. I say to myself, yup another 1 gone! RIP
  • Scary Mary (16/02/2015, 12:13) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the man's family and friends. Rest in peace.

  • ------------------------ (16/02/2015, 22:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i scond the motion it's sad that there vacation ended in this way
  • Real Talk (17/02/2015, 12:44) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    I feel people should get a doctor approval for travel on these cruises. The majority on the cruises are elderly people in wheel chairs and have oxygen tanks. I'm not discriminating on elderly people but he could have had the heart attack on the boat also. It seems when people come to the bvi something always happen they either dead or missing which mostly ends up dead. I think I gonna bring my husband on a trip there so I can cash in on the million dollar life insurance.
  • Annoymous (20/02/2015, 01:22) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Anthony was a beautiful man! Loving husband and a great father. Shame on anyone with negative cruel comments during such a hardship.
  • canada (07/03/2015, 10:42) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I was there also and it was life changing watching Anthony's spirit leave him. It is sad to read some of the shortsighted insensitivities people spew. God bless his family and celebrate his life.


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