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UPDATE: Willy T worker found dead; Police investigating

As first reported by Virgin Islands News Online (VINO), Police have identified the body of a man found in Frenchman’s Cay Harbour—in the wee hours of Thursday morning, April 25, 2019—as Willy T employee, Branson Read, age 32 of Sophers Hole. Photo: Facebook
Police are investigating the death of a male Caucasian at Frenchman’s Cay this morning, April 25, 2019. Photo: Internet Source
Police are investigating the death of a male Caucasian at Frenchman’s Cay this morning, April 25, 2019. Photo: Internet Source
FRENCHMAN’S CAY, Tortola, VI – As first reported by Virgin Islands News Online (VINO), Police have identified the body of a man found in Frenchman’s Cay Harbour—in the wee hours of Thursday morning, April 25, 2019—as Willy T employee, Branson Read, age 32, of Soper's Hole.

According to a release from the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), initial inquiries indicate that Read left his place of employment and was travelling back to his boat anchored near the Soper's Hole Marina when the tragedy took place.

Shouts for Help

“Shouts for help alerted persons on shore, who, along with West End Police Officers, rescued Read from the water and transported him to Soper's Hole Marina,” the release notes.

The dinghy, identified as belonging to Read, was still in motion and circling the marina when police arrived at the scene.

According to Police, Read sustained injuries to his head, and was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigations are ongoing and VINO will bring more details as they become available.

See previous story published, April 25, 2019

Man pronounced dead after found in water @ Frenchman’s Cay

FRENCHMAN’S CAY, Tortola, VI- Sometime in the wee hours of this morning, April 25, 2019, residents around the Frenchman’s Cay Harbour, on the western end of Tortola, heard a person screaming for help.

When residents arrived on the scene they saw a dinghy spinning in the sea.

On further investigation they reportedly found a Caucasian male struggling in the sea water.

The man was allegedly pulled from the water but moments later was pronounced dead on the scene.

Police and other law enforcement officers are currently investigating the matter as, according to information reaching this news site, the cause of death remains sketchy.

We will bring you more details as they become available.

25 Responses to “UPDATE: Willy T worker found dead; Police investigating ”

  • ABC (25/04/2019, 09:23) Like (0) Dislike (53) Reply
    oh yeah
  • WHAT!!! (25/04/2019, 13:27) Like (72) Dislike (3) Reply
    Someone is dead , they have family and friends, please no asinine and insensitive comments. Thank You.
    • E. Till (25/04/2019, 14:06) Like (1) Dislike (83) Reply
      Morelike something died than someone. Get your facts straight ...insignificant.
      • E. Till is foul (25/04/2019, 17:13) Like (42) Dislike (5) Reply
        I don’t know who died, But I do know you are a disgustin’ s***t
      • Step up (25/04/2019, 23:59) Like (23) Dislike (4) Reply
        Say that in public, instead of behind a computer. Watch yourself. You don’t know sh*t.
      • Real Talk (26/04/2019, 00:05) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply

        You’re a disgusting piece of s***

      • Troll killer (26/04/2019, 09:55) Like (21) Dislike (3) Reply

        I hope you die a painful death, you piece of s**t!

      • WHAT!!! (26/04/2019, 10:08) Like (27) Dislike (1) Reply
        “E.Till.” You are sick man, a poor excuse for a human being.
      • melissa read (13/05/2019, 01:34) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        I have been looking at this comment since the 25 th... THIS is my brother we are talking about!!! He never did any thing to you!!!! We can arrange to have drinks when im down there next:)
  • ... (25/04/2019, 14:38) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    so sad I know the man he use to work Willy T
  • Good friend (25/04/2019, 16:56) Like (7) Dislike (8) Reply
    some idiot run over that poor man god rest your soul in peace but that person who di that come on if u had stop and rescue him right away he would of been here today with us, don't worry idiot mud head u on the water top too u will get what it feels on day thank u,
    • friend (26/04/2019, 07:52) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Good friend what did any of that mean?
      • Stupes (28/04/2019, 15:56) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
        Apparently they either saw or heard that someone had something to do with his death. That is what their post is implying and if in fact they do know, they ought to report it.
  • friend (26/04/2019, 00:08) Like (25) Dislike (2) Reply
    I wish people who comment stupid sh*t would put their name and phone number on here instead of hiding behind a computer looking attention. Say something bad about this guy, and let us know who you are. Go ahead.
    • DearFriend (26/04/2019, 07:57) Like (35) Dislike (2) Reply
      Could not agree more. I still think it’s highly inappropriate for comments to be allowed on articles this when someone has lost their life. He was a wonderful friend and is already so dearly missed.
      • The Voice Of Reason (28/04/2019, 12:39) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
        I totally agree with you. The blogs for these types of tragedies are, for the most part, quite distasteful.

        It is my humble opinion that as a means of paying respect to the deceased and in sympathy for the grieving families, the media should show compassion and disallow blogs.

        Besides, those unkind blogs do not speak well of our Territory and it’s caring people.
  • Good samaritan (28/04/2019, 12:57) Like (32) Dislike (0) Reply
    Come on people, remember this is the same guy that pulled the taxi man from the water by Crandall. I think his name was Pemberton.
  • Challenger (28/04/2019, 18:54) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply

    a man has died, show some rspect.

  • Binocs (28/04/2019, 23:28) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    We’ll miss Branson gone to early Friend.
  • fishy (29/04/2019, 06:55) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    "The cause of death remains sketchy"?
    It seems more like the details of the story remain sketchy.
    RIP young man.

  • Bull Dawg (29/04/2019, 14:31) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    So sad indeed.
    May the good Lord help the authorities get to the bottom of this tragic incident ASAP.
  • musa (30/04/2019, 07:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    a breath test will help
    • Deeply Sad (07/05/2019, 14:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Branson wasn't a drinker. He was as pleasant a lad as you could hope to meet. Always a sunny character who would help anyone. Please consider the feelings of his poor mother and sisters, who must be devastated by his horrific death.
  • melissa read (03/07/2019, 19:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    doesnt seem right

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