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UPDATE: Police investigating circumstances in boating death

An outpouring of grief and disbelief took over last evening, September 1, 2013 following the injury and subsequent death of Chaim Todman, 34, which occurred near the sister isle of Jost Van Dyke. Photo: Facebook
The injured person is said to be Mustafa Claxton, who is reportedly listed as being in a stable condition. Photo: VINO/File
The injured person is said to be Mustafa Claxton, who is reportedly listed as being in a stable condition. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Police are looking into the circumstances surrounding a boating incident which resulted in injuries to the boat captain and the death of the only passenger, Chaim Todman, 34, of Johnson Ghut, in Jost Van Dyke yesterday afternoon.

Preliminary reports indicate that after 6:30pm yesterday, a 21-foot speed boat entitled ‘1-800-Collect’ was heading out of White Bay with the captain and passenger onboard when, for reasons unknown at this time, both occupants were ejected from the vessel. Assistance was provided by boaters in the area to transport the two passengers to Road Town to seek medical attention.

Upon arrival at Peebles Hospital, Chaim Todman was unresponsive and was shortly after pronounced dead. The boat captain was in stable condition and continues to receive treatment at Peebles Hospital. 

The speed boat sustained damage in the incident. Police are liaising with the family of the deceased while continuing investigations into the matter.

See previous story posted September 2, 2013:

UPDATE: Outpouring of grief on passing of speedboat ace, Todman 

- deceased leaves young baby, legal woes behind

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – An outpouring of grief and disbelief took over last evening, September 1, 2013 following the injury and subsequent death of Chaim Todman, 34, which occurred near the sister isle of Jost Van Dyke.

Facebook grief and disbelief

"No no no Chaim Todman u was at my business yesterday telling how far i could make it and now it hurt me cause u leave with good words in my heart Good friends come and good friend go but u always be in my mind cause your in a better place To all family and friends stay strong Musa Claxton. I feel your pain," read the comments from one friend on Todman's Facebook page on hearing the news of his death.

Another stated, "Dread My Heart Hurting!!. . . To Know We Was Jus Together Last Night Having A Drink & Partying. . . And Now To Hear This Hurtful News. . . . U Will B Truly Missed. . . RIP Sighhh."

“I am so much shock, I just get rid of a headache now I get back another one...just barely a month ago we were in church christening his son...I have known him forever at least 25 years..,” was the reaction from another friend.

Yet another read, “I'm at a lost for I stand in disbelief that you are really heart cries with such hurt and pain from the news of your passing...but the father has called you home...RIP until we meen again, it was a pleasure to have known you...To your family especially your mom, pre and your beautiful new son...hold on to Gods unchanging hands and may you find comfort there...RIP....”

And so they continued.

Close friends left the island of Tortola yesterday to attend a fun day and boating event but this exercise was subsequently cancelled, according to sources.

While details of the incident remain sketchy, it is understood that Todman’s close friend, Mustafa Claxton, 27, was also involved in the accident and is currently in stable condition receiving medical treatment at Peebles Hospital.

Claxton is said to have received injuries to the head, according to hospital sources. Reports indicate that the duo was swept overboard by a wave

Todman, who had only celebrated his 34th birthday a little over two weeks ago, was an avid power boat racer and was also involved in a previous boating accident in August 7, 2011 from which he fully recovered after receiving medical treatment.

Todman leaves to mourn, his girlfriend Preta and their 5-month old son along with numerous relatives and friends.

Legal woes

Todman and Claxton had both been fixtures at the Magistrate’s Court over the past several months after being levelled with several gun and drug related charges along with two other men stemming from an alleged April 2012 incident. The men have all denied the charges.

Claxton was also charged separately with assault earlier this year in conjunction with another man in another matter involving a missing samurai sword. Both men pleaded not guilty to the charges.

See previous story posted September 1, 2013:

One dead in boat mishap at JVD

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Word reaching Virgin Islands News Online is that one person is dead and another injured following a boat accident at Jost Van Dyke some time this afternoon, September 1, 2013.

Information regarding the circumstances of the accident is sketchy at this time but hospital sources have confirmed that one person is dead and another injured.

The dead man has reportedly been identified as Chaim Todman while the injured person is said to be Mustafa Claxton, who is reportedly listed as being in a stable condition.

Virgin Islands News Online is working on more details to this story.

61 Responses to “UPDATE: Police investigating circumstances in boating death”

  • dd (01/09/2013, 20:17) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    on no RIP Chaim
  • ------------ (01/09/2013, 20:18) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    • Stabbur (01/09/2013, 20:37) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
      My deepest condolences to the Todman family. Chaim was a remarkable and immensely talented young man. I will miss him greatly.
  • boy O Boy (01/09/2013, 20:22) Like (10) Dislike (12) Reply
    This is the same young man that was involved in a similar boating accident.
  • qc (01/09/2013, 20:32) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    ...nuff love to his famlim and friends
  • speechless (01/09/2013, 21:01) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tell me that isn't true
  • ping (01/09/2013, 21:12) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Rip dawg we gonna really miss u
  • j (01/09/2013, 21:52) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    May his soul rest in peace and I pray that his kids and family find comfort in the Lord
  • DOT (01/09/2013, 22:50) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    So sad to hear my deepest condolences to his mom ,dad and rest of the Todman family.
  • weed (01/09/2013, 23:07) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    r.i.p this one is sad for real.
  • yellow (01/09/2013, 23:10) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    tis always sad when a mother and father have to bury a child...get well soon moose!!
  • george (01/09/2013, 23:14) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    condolences to his family especailly his mom Una Todman
  • friend (01/09/2013, 23:22) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is sooooooo sad and I feel so bad for the mother of his kids, esp the most recent....Lean on Jusus
  • long bush (01/09/2013, 23:24) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Leaving such young child and famliy behind is dreadful...tears tears tears
  • question (01/09/2013, 23:58) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    why tell me why?
  • Bluemax aka Roy (02/09/2013, 00:23) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am deeply sadden by the news of Chaim's passing. He was a friend and a talented young man. My heartfelt condolences to the Todman family. Chaim rest with the Lord until we meet again.
  • wellsa (02/09/2013, 00:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What a day to be sitting at home and we know hes out on the sea with friends and to get a called accident JVD not knowing these four guys are the ones in this accident.

    So sad that one passed is chaim classmate the other one my friend stable and the other two friends pull through wow. Why why hear my cry why why/
  • xxxxxxxx (02/09/2013, 00:56) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Gone but will never be forgotten…get well soon Claxton
  • Concerned (02/09/2013, 01:01) Like (4) Dislike (8) Reply
    My condolences to the Todman family, and especially to those young children he leave behind. I do hope he bought some life insurance to provide for those he left behind.
    • man o man (02/09/2013, 12:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are the best
    • Ginger Snap (02/09/2013, 15:15) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Concerned, you is the best.

      My thing is that I just dont know what does be the problem with these men not paying social security knowing that their wives and kids would benefit from it if they pass away.

      People, please note that I am not speaking about Chaim. Just a general comment.
  • the rock (02/09/2013, 04:16) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    rip his family..i pray for God's comfort in this trial time!
  • spices (02/09/2013, 05:03) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sorry go out to his wife and first love many condolences god is witj you always
  • jam girl (02/09/2013, 07:54) Like (13) Dislike (6) Reply
    My deepest sympathy to my girl rickolette on the passing of her hussy also to the rest of his families
  • yeehh (02/09/2013, 08:04) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I really didnt want to believe this...What kinda story is this....wha kinda wave hit this boat that could do such damage....was it a tsunami? if the darm event cancel what the hell they doing over there...Lord accept his soul he belongs to you have mercy father for my brother.
  • be careful (02/09/2013, 08:10) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Its sad what happen to the young man, very sad, lots of condolences to the family & friends of the late Chaim.
    Its still safe for boating and sunday limes, (Just have to be careful) sometimes the water is perfect and we want to push the boat to its limit "but" Just have to be careful. I know its all party and drinking and having fun, but still (Just have to be careful) The captain who run's the boat or drive the car to party were drinking and crazy fun is taken place should have a bit more responsible for himself and other "but" we do get carry away sometimes. at the end of the day (Just have to be careful). Its could have been any of us who like to party/boating we just Have to be careful.

  • Angel (02/09/2013, 08:25) Like (29) Dislike (0) Reply
    Musa, the spirit of god is upon you. God have plans for you... It is time for you to look to God
  • Concern Citizen (02/09/2013, 08:41) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    My deepest sympathy - rest in peace, Chime Todman and Get well soon, Mustafa Claxton
  • virgin gorda (02/09/2013, 08:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    hope the crew stay strong for the rest of the family and freinds
  • . (02/09/2013, 09:35) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
    Government needs to look into boat safety more seriously because too many youth getting mash-up.
    • Strups (02/09/2013, 15:59) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
      Gov? really? is it gov fault that youths getting mash up according to you? how about the same youths not taking responsibility for their own lives & skylarking around putting themselves & otrs in danger. I always say you know everybody quick to cast blame rather than taking responsibility. Look at poker run, exactly how many boaters you see wearing life jackets yet those boats hauling, come on now be sensible. Just like how you should safe guard yourself when driving & wear your seat belts same should go for sailing in wearing life jackets & making sure there's sufficient to cover every person on board
  • Tragic (02/09/2013, 09:43) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    RIP to you mi boy. Prita, stay strong and let lil man know da he had a great dad! My condolences to his family!
  • yes we can (02/09/2013, 10:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    gone to soon a dream defered
  • tt (02/09/2013, 10:02) Like (3) Dislike (163) Reply
    God give this young man a second chance in life and he took it for granted. I do hope that your soul find some peace.
  • ann (02/09/2013, 10:54) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Jehovah u just called to your side yet another one of your brothers keep him in your arms.
  • billyb (02/09/2013, 11:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This family has suffered such tragedies. So many of their young ones have passed; be it gunned down or accident. Wow, Real sad.
  • mother hen (02/09/2013, 11:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Goodbye goodbye Chaim…what a long goodbye hope to meet you in heaven
  • 3L (02/09/2013, 12:51) Like (0) Dislike (76) Reply
    a man of few words, but had to use them in a time like this, everybody has their time, but who knows ur number would come so soon, dawg all i could say is i hope ur in a better place, just had to put in my 2 cents, now got to take ur number out my phone, and delete u off my fb buddy list..... R.I.P,
  • Tell Me More! (02/09/2013, 15:57) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Village Girl (02/09/2013, 18:59) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Each time I read this I want to cry more
  • Star Bwoy (02/09/2013, 21:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Chain a Good Yute...condolences to his family and friends...
    RIP Soldier your memories and legacy ive on...
    One Love
  • too many (02/09/2013, 21:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    too many of our young men are going down
  • legal (02/09/2013, 22:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    look at that bright face gone so suddenly life is not fair
  • Chris (03/09/2013, 10:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What it there to investigate may the good lord called him home, he is next to the great Jehovah
  • xxxxxxxx (04/09/2013, 07:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This death has left much grief and pain
  • lexie (04/09/2013, 10:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

  • tax (04/09/2013, 18:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    this Government needs to look into boat safety
  • pain (05/09/2013, 13:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    life is unfair i guess.
  • Help (07/09/2013, 06:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    it is so sad

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