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UPDATE: VISAR confirms Gumbs’ body recovered

March 4th, 2014 | Tags: Little Bay RVIPF drowning Natanael Gumbs
Seated in background far centre, is the wife of the missing man. Her mother on spot to support her (in blue jersey backing camera). Photo: VINO
Paramedics escorting the injured female from the beach after approximately twenty minutes of attending to her injured right leg on the beach. Photo: VINO
Paramedics escorting the injured female from the beach after approximately twenty minutes of attending to her injured right leg on the beach. Photo: VINO
VISAR out at sea searching for missing Natanael Gumbs. The visible rocks are where the two managed to anchor after they were swept away by the rough waves yesterday afternoon, March 3, 2014. Photo: VINO
VISAR out at sea searching for missing Natanael Gumbs. The visible rocks are where the two managed to anchor after they were swept away by the rough waves yesterday afternoon, March 3, 2014. Photo: VINO
Natanael Gumbs is feared drowned after he could not be found following a surfing mishap at Little Bay on March 3, 2014. Photo: Facebook
Natanael Gumbs is feared drowned after he could not be found following a surfing mishap at Little Bay on March 3, 2014. Photo: Facebook
Police and VISAR are investigating a possible drowning today March 3, 2014 at Little Bay, Tortola. Photo:
Police and VISAR are investigating a possible drowning today March 3, 2014 at Little Bay, Tortola. Photo:
LITTLE BAY, Tortola, VI - VISAR's Phil Aspinall has confirmed that the body of Mr Natanael Gumbs was recovered from the sea at Little Bay area earlier today March 4, 2014 at 7:10 am.

According to Aspinall while VISAR was out at sea for the early morning search it was the life guard who had recovered the body which was then placed on the VISAR search boat. The body was then taken to the Peebles Hospital.

"It is really sad, but we are glad that the family has gotten some level of closure, but this is really sad," he told this news site.

See previous story posted March 4, 2014: 

UPDATE: Gumbs’ family hoping for miracle

-as aborted search set to continue today 

LITTLE BAY, Tortola, VI – While there was a sighting of body believed to be that of Natanael Gumbs, the family and friends of the young man continue to feel the pain as they await word and hold out hope that he is found alive.

Yesterday afternoon, March 3, 2014, the scene at the beach was one of pain, emotional distress during the relentless water and air search by VISAR. Arriving on the scene shortly after reports of the unfortunate incident Virgin Islands News Online witnessed the heartbroken display of a wife longing for a miracle find of her husband.

Natanael Gumbs was reportedly married just a few months ago according to close loved ones on the scene. His wife was at the beach, broken in spirit and bewildered being consoled by loving arms of her mother and Dr. Drexel M. Glasgow and a few others. As she screamed to the top of her voice in sorrow her mother said, “Please do not come here now, allow my daughter her privacy at this time, please.”

A short distance off paramedics attended the injured right leg of the female who was among the two rescued from the raging the sea. The other, a man was earlier on escorted into the ambulance with medical apparatus attached to his face which appeared to have been assisting him to breathe. He had to be aided to walk as he was obviously in much pain.

Standing braced on a huge rock, was a young man in grief over the fact that while he was able to assist in rescuing the two survivors there was nothing that he could have done better to save the still missing Natanael Gumbs.

Relating to this news site what he witnessed and did yesterday afternoon after tragedy struck, while requesting not to have his name published, the young man said he was at another section of the beach when he observed that something was amiss at the other end.

I see people running and I decided to go over and as I got closer I heard them screaming, then I notice a couple of persons struggling in the water and I went into action and was able to assist the two of them who were trapped between the rocks over there,” he said, pointing to the area where the wave had swept the victims out.

He said that he realize that Natanael was missing and attempted to search for him, “But it was too dangerous, the sea was mad, really heavy waves,” he added. According to the eyewitness most of the persons involved were relatives with few friends. He said that several of them including the victims were attempting to surf that afternoon as the waves were very high and rough.

“They were not actually surfing, they had their surf boards and they were trying to surf, more swimming on the surf boards,” he related.

See previous story posted March 3, 2014:

UPDATE: Body spotted! – VISAR 

- Rough waters cause body recovery to halt until Tuesday morning 

LITTLE BAY, Tortola, VI – The search for Natanael Gumbs will resume on the morning of March 4, 2014 after rough seas forced a halt to the Search and Rescue Operations being led by the Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR).

President of VISAR, Phil Aspinall, said while a body was seen floating, it was impossible to recover it because of the treacherous conditions.

Following the report of him being missing at sea today, March 3, 2014 the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) and VISAR launched a search and rescue operation to locate Mr. Gumbs who is the son of Keith Gumbs aka “stones” of Long Bush.

Regrettably, due to heavy waves and rough seas the Search and Rescue Officials were unable to recover the body from the sea waters once it was located to bring it to land.

See previous story posted March 3, 2014:

Man feared drowned at Little Bay

LITTLE BAY, Tortola, VI - (Post Time 3.50 pm) - A man is feared drowned after he could not be found up to post time following a surfing mishap at Little Bay a short while ago today March 3, 2014, Virgin Islands News Online is able to confirm at this time.

Police personnel from the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) are on the scene conducting their investigations and we will bring you more details as they become available. A source has revealed that the man feared drowned is Natanael Gumbs, of African descent.

Sources have revealed to this news site that at the time three persons were surfing on the water while the water was rough. Two, a male and female reportedly made it to safety with few injuries but Gumbs was swept away by the rough waves and and reportedly cannot be found.

VISAR personnel are conducting searches at the moment and Police are conducting investigations.

83 Responses to “UPDATE: VISAR confirms Gumbs’ body recovered”

  • billyb (03/03/2014, 16:00) Like (27) Dislike (6) Reply
    My goodness, what a tragic holiday; first PI Leonard, now this. For all the athiests who will dislike this post, may God be with you too, but I know that God is sending us some signs that we are still refusing to adhere to, but when the bible says, "EVERY need will bow and EVERY tongue will confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord", IT INCLUDES YOU.
  • billyb (03/03/2014, 16:02) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Correction; EVERY knee
    • 696 (03/03/2014, 21:07) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      This is a very sad situation, please don't use it try to recruit people to your archaic way of thinking.

      For me I hope Mr.Gumbs is found alive and that his family receive all the support that it needs in this difficult time.
      • wondering (04/03/2014, 10:09) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
        Wondering if you should change your handle to 666?
        • 696 (04/03/2014, 11:10) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
          no because I think that is who really wrote the bible, but that is not for a conversation in this thread.
  • Sigh (03/03/2014, 16:12) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
    Ppl just don't learn atall atall atall. Too many beaches around to go swimming & yet still persons continue to go to these areas where the water is rough & deadly. I would say I hope he's found safe & sound but chances are grim
  • keif (03/03/2014, 16:39) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Oh no gumbs
  • rattie (03/03/2014, 18:05) Like (8) Dislike (117) Reply
    the sins of the NDP on the coutnry this is so so sad
    • Yes (03/03/2014, 18:27) Like (39) Dislike (4) Reply
      I know this was coming, becuase of peopl like you BVI will never get anyway. Everything is the governement fault. SO SHALLOW!!!
    • Real (03/03/2014, 18:39) Like (28) Dislike (4) Reply
      Now y would u come on here and say some dum Sh.. like that in a time like this, what the hell NDP have to do with somebody downing what an ignorant A$$!!
    • Common (03/03/2014, 18:44) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      THAT MAKE SENSE!??!??!?!??!???! Just SHUT UP!!!!!!!!
    • stupid (03/03/2014, 18:52) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
      what does the NDP have to do with someone's death?
      • @ stupid (03/03/2014, 21:00) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
        they will not hire beach waners
        • dd (04/03/2014, 13:36) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
          beach waners, what's a beach waner, i tried all sort of search looking for the meaning of beach waners but came up empty handed.
      • xxxxxxxx (03/03/2014, 21:03) Like (5) Dislike (27) Reply
        NDP fault yeas them thief all the $$$$ and would not hire lifeguards…BAM
        • Kay (04/03/2014, 08:03) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
          another A$$ strupes. Families are hurting... a loved one is gone and you come on here with your rubbish
        • So (04/03/2014, 15:16) Like (5) Dislike (10) Reply
          when was the last time a native BVIslander drowned in BVI waters and close to shore? They havent drowned in waters up de Island either unless caught in a hurricane, perhaps. And so we must hire and spend money we do not have to protect strangers from their reckless actions?
      • Yak yak (04/03/2014, 05:23) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
        NDP have to do a lot about it they have the power to hire lifeguard to keep the people of the bvi safe from mishap like these. Rip Gumbs!!! Xoxo
    • really?? (03/03/2014, 19:08) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
      Someone just died and you come on here talking about NDP??? Mmm...
    • Tragic (04/03/2014, 16:23) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      Your grammar is what's sad... Smh..
    • SMH (04/03/2014, 16:24) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Um. So what does NDP have to do with anything now?
  • shark (03/03/2014, 18:05) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    When will they learn
  • don (03/03/2014, 19:07) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    I will keep his parents in my prayer
  • Saddened (03/03/2014, 19:11) Like (16) Dislike (9) Reply
    Talk about wrong information. ...he's from the Dominican Republic not Africa .
    • suggestion (03/03/2014, 19:35) Like (28) Dislike (2) Reply
      they probably meant African descent to represent that he is black
    • Really (03/03/2014, 19:36) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
      it's referring to race not nationality
    • Read (03/03/2014, 19:45) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
      They said african decent not that he is african.... Meaning he is black!
    • Hmmm (03/03/2014, 20:00) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
      you duncie boy
    • Peaches (03/03/2014, 20:06) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      @wrong info you need to take your time and read. The news report specifically said "AFRICAN DECENT" meaning a black man!
    • Not wrong info (03/03/2014, 20:17) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      I think the writer is saying he is black and not that he is from an African nation, but rather of an African descent.
    • Spears (03/03/2014, 20:48) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      They never say he from Africa they said African descent meaning descendant of Africa like all of us black people
    • Hector (03/03/2014, 20:59) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      Yes is from Dominican Republic it was my cousin. With just 19 years old this accident really hurt love my cus always love you
    • one love (03/03/2014, 21:19) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
      He is actually a B V Islander of BVI and DR parents and African descent as the article stated. S & B, please be comforted in knowing that Nathaniel always belonged to God and was given to you only but for a short while for which you did your very best in raising him as the young man that he became. C, as his wife, he definitely has gone too soon but his life is to be celebrated for the short time that you two shared together. We all fail to remember that just as there is a set time for each of us to be born, there is also a set time time for each of us to die, just that we know not when. So let us live each day that we are given with appreciation, love and patience for ourselves and that of others, regardless of who it may be. One Love.
  • Sinister (03/03/2014, 19:16) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    It sad that your gone but Goverment need to wake up and see we need lifeguard on some of these beaches
    • Sigh (04/03/2014, 09:00) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      I agree that we do need life guards stationed at the beaches however, I doubt any could've saved this young man yesterday. The seas were terrible and if VISAR themselves couldn't get to him there's nothing a lifeguard could've done it was just too dangerous.
      • Hmm (04/03/2014, 13:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        a life guard on the beach would have made a huge difference...I was there and I saw
  • -_- (03/03/2014, 19:31) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    what does this have to do with the NDP @rattie
  • Hector (03/03/2014, 19:44) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's was my family my bro and I really are desperate because I live in Dominican Republic. Love you cus always we will love you
  • Hmmm2 (03/03/2014, 19:51) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    @ rattie you are a jackass without a tail
  • Shocked (03/03/2014, 20:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow this is unbelievable I know that guy and this is sudden shocking news rip nu condolences to the family
  • Im willing (03/03/2014, 21:16) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    Oh no! not cool! im willing to do a Glass bottom search if it helps, just gas from VG to apple bay I need cover.
    hope he's ok. :(
  • Good friend (03/03/2014, 21:50) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    Lord this can't be true... Nat you can't be gone this must be a lie.. You can't go and leave Crissy like this not like this come back to her...

    God I pray he's alive and well on the shores of some little island
  • G.H (03/03/2014, 23:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    My Bass partna!!!!! U gone but could never be forgotten as your spirit always filled the atmosphere. Smh RIP Nat!!!!!!!
  • question (04/03/2014, 00:58) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I understand that due to rough sea conditions the rescue was halted, couldn't they try an air rescue. It's just sad to know that though his body was spotted he still couldn't be reached & now is floating around (shudders). Sigh, condolences to you stones and the entire family it truly is a sad time
    • - - - (04/03/2014, 11:21) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      Because we have US Coast Guard working for us 24-7.....You all watch far too much tv
  • Frank M. (04/03/2014, 04:16) Like (56) Dislike (0) Reply
    I can only pray that God wraps his arms around this family and help them during this difficult time. As a community we need to wrap are arms around this family and support them however we can. For whatever reason God allowed me to keep my wife, and although it is rough, I am thankful.

    I will keep your family in my prays. It really hurts to see a your man loose his life before life even begins.

    Frank Mahoney
  • Hope (04/03/2014, 08:41) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    My dear student; how i will miss you. I loved you and you knew that. May your wife, your father and mother find comfort in the hands of the Lord. May you find quiet peace. Safe journey my son; My heart is broken ... God's purpose takes precedence. i am better for having loved you.
  • yes (04/03/2014, 09:04) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Amen Frank. We really have to be thankful & appreciative of life everyday we have it because no not one of us know the hr when it could come to a sudden end. Two families lost their love ones within hrs of each otr & neither thought that that would be the end. Give thanks ppl, give thanks.
  • Hope (04/03/2014, 09:32) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I was out at the beach yesterday and the water truly was horrid i held onto my son and wouldn't go where the water was past my hips. People need to be a bit more cautious this probably isn't what some may want to hear right now but they made a choice to go out there despite SEEING the conditions of the water and KNOWING that there was no lifeguard on duty. I HOPE this young man is alive however in all honesty things to look grim, to those that survived and those of us reading this article i hope you take with you at least one lesson i know i have. Lord i hope the young man is to his family stay strong it hurts i know but stay strong. My prayers go out to you.
  • Vi massive (04/03/2014, 09:44) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    We have a tragic death on our hands, and all you guys can do is dis each other.....? Grow up or get off line.
  • heart broken (04/03/2014, 09:49) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is such sad news, my prayers and condolences goes out to the family in this difficult time. RIP N.G u will be greatly missed.
  • vee (04/03/2014, 09:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh such sad news this morning. Condolences to the Gumbs family
  • Water, People (04/03/2014, 11:03) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    First, deepest condolences to the family. I wish you all strength in these tragic times.
    I don't know exactly how or why this young man drowned and I don't judge his knowledge of the ocean. He may have been a strong swimmer, although that is unlikely because the ocean yesterday was quite rough, but no real trouble for strong swimmers. It was trouble for anyone who does not understand or have the skill to deal with it.
    Question: how many more of these deaths until the authorities of the BVI decide to WAKE UP and educate our kids about the ocean that surrounds them?
    We live in a group of small islands with heavy traffic between them; most of our economy is based on ocean leisure activities that we sell to the rest of the world, tempting them to come here and enjoy our natural ocean blessings; and we as a people enjoy the beach, and boats, and fishing - but not as much and definitely not as safely as we could.
    Look, if our economy is based on the ocean, shouldn't our education system include COMPREHENSIVE swimming and ocean education???
    It is a no-brainer. What are you doing, governments? You talk about equipping our people for the future but you – NDP, VIP, all of them – can't even get this BASIC benefit into the system? Compulsory swimming skill levels must be attained before kids leave primary. Ocean skills should be taught in High School.
    In one generation the BVI population could actually UNDERSTAND our water world, and enjoy it safely.
    And oh, if they can swim properly, guaranteed our youth will get more jobs or start more businesses in the ocean based industries.
    Please, even if you don't swim or understand the ocean yourself, please pressure government to instigate programs that ensure our kids DO swim properly and understand the ocean to basic safety levels.
  • Coworker & Friend (04/03/2014, 11:18) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Words cant express the emptiness we are feeling right now, Nat I cant believe that you are really gone never to return. May your soul find rest in the arms of God .R. I. P you will be Missed.
    To Crystal ,his Mom, Dad and the rest of his Family May god give you the strength to go on. Tears are a language that God understands. My prayers are with u guys.
  • weed (04/03/2014, 11:32) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    may he rest in peace
  • Positive (04/03/2014, 11:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Condolences go out to the entire family.
  • sad (04/03/2014, 11:54) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    This young man always had a smile on his face. That is how you will be remembered. To his friends and family, May the good LORD intervene and comfort you all. I understand it is not easy to loose a close family member. Much condolences to his wife. We will miss seeing your face. RIP
  • boy (04/03/2014, 11:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    U will be missed
  • Sinister (04/03/2014, 12:23) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am happy the body was found.....nice going lifeguards for finding the body keep up the good job VISAR
  • ann (04/03/2014, 12:28) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I always cry when a moth and father must bury a child
  • OMG (04/03/2014, 12:36) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Can't you news sites have a little more Heart with some of those DAMM type pictures.Shesssssssh man.
  • BUT LOOK HERE (04/03/2014, 14:47) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow this question is for sign.... U say that you dont think the lifeguard couldn't of handle the sea condition Because VISAR was couldn't handle the sea condition...its the lifeguards who went searching in that sea for that young man on March 3 along with VISAR till night looking for that young man. So dont speak what you dont know 100%
  • Me Too (04/03/2014, 15:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I too would cry if I knew of a moth that buried its child.
  • JACK BE STILL (04/03/2014, 15:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So sad a yute cut down in the prime but god knows best just trust in him
  • tola (04/03/2014, 17:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    My sympathy to his parents .I know this loss will be hard on you and the rest of the family.
  • ........ (04/03/2014, 18:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    No tears can bring him back
  • Cheers to our heroes (04/03/2014, 19:03) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    My prayers for the families and close friends of those who are affected by this unfortunate tragedy. Hold on to those around you. Remember, there's one more angel looking over you.

    Lets hear it for the caucasian man and the other brave young man who risked their lives to save those in danger. " No greater love has a man than to literally ignore his own safety for the sake of others - especially others who he may not know". There are heroes amongst us - amongst our youth. Big up to all the heroes amongst us.
  • kk (05/03/2014, 00:06) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Belkis am lost for words there is nothing i can say to make u feel better but keep the faith pray cry scream id u have to no mother should burry her only child am praying for u mama
  • jamgirl (05/03/2014, 06:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am lost for words my deepest condolences to his families dont think i could live if my one son died i can imagine the pain his mom id going thru right noe
  • egg face (05/03/2014, 10:08) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    was ther elifeguard on that beach?
  • ASKING (05/03/2014, 11:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the number Nine (9) these people are dying with the number 9 what's up with that
  • Shorty (05/03/2014, 12:55) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    nat I can't believe playing domino on Saturday night was the last I going see you may my prayers be with your wife an family
  • Shorty (05/03/2014, 12:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    nat I can't believe playing domino on Saturday night was the last I going see you may my prayers be with your wife an family
  • ready (05/03/2014, 15:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i trust he was ready to meet his maker
  • Why (05/03/2014, 22:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    We have lost a young man of God. He was a positive and ambitious individual. Nathaniel was blessed with a voice that he used to glorify God. Gone too soon.
    We cannot help but ask, WHY? But we must acknowledge that God is in control, He knows best.
    Christal, trust in God and He will see you through.
  • bitch please (06/03/2014, 21:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    why u all including ndp in something that the waves had done ^^^^

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