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USVI man drowns while attempting to save his brother

Robert White, 56, drowned while attempting to save his brother who was struggling to stay afloat in the in the deep water. Photo: VIC

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI - A St Croix man drowned on Monday, April 9, 2018, at the Frederiksted Pier while attempting to save his brother, who was out in the deep waters struggling to stay afloat, [US] Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) Commissioner Delroy Richards confirmed to The Consortium Tuesday, April 10, 2018. According to VIPD Public Information Officer Glen Dratte, the 911 emergency call centre received notification of the incident at about 2:23 P.M.

According to an eyewitness who requested anonymity to speak freely on what was described as a tragically sad and heartbreaking situation, a man was out at sea crying out for help and appeared to be struggling to keep his head above water, when his brother headed out to sea in an attempt to save him. But the situation took a turn for the worse when both men appeared to be struggling to survive out in the deep, according to the eyewitness.

According to the eyewitness, the men were so far out that it would have been dangerous for someone without experience to attempt to save them. The Frederiksted Pier harbormaster, realizing his limited options, drove to the Rainbow Beach area in search of someone with a jet ski for help. He found someone, and this person sped across the waters to the drowning men.

Once he arrived at their location, the two men were carried ashore. However, the man who went out to save his brother had a very low pulse, and Mr Richards said even the brother who survived had to be resuscitated.

The scene was described as sorrowful, as family members and friends gathered at the pier in disbelief of what had occurred, according to the eyewitness. The brother who survived was devastated by the incident and was lamenting his brother’s death. Even the eyewitness left the area after a while, unable to bear the heart-rending situation.

According to VIPD Public Information Officer, Glen Dratte, both men were transported to the Juan F. Luis Hospital, where the brother who attempted to save his sibling was pronounced dead. The deceased man was transported to the hospital by ambulance, with an escort provided by another brother who is an active police officer named Richard White, according to Mr Dratte.

“The one that drowned has a brother that’s a police officer. They notified him and he [escorted] them to the hospital,” VIPD Commissioner Richards said.

The brother who died was recently involved in an accident at the Bypass traffic lights in Gallows Bay, where a concrete truck overturned and had hurt his leg - which made his attempt to save his drowning brother even more heroic. Sadly, only one of the two brothers survived the ordeal.

The deceased was identified as Robert White, age 56.

15 Responses to “USVI man drowns while attempting to save his brother”

  • Fam (10/04/2018, 22:30) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply

    This is so sad

  • Concerned (10/04/2018, 23:02) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is really SAD. Survived brother please Life your heroic brother dream. Thie Lords will be done.
  • grace (11/04/2018, 00:15) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    My condolences to the family at this sad time. To the surviving brother, live each day doing something happy and good. You will always hold your brother in your heart and mind.
  • Very sad indeed (11/04/2018, 03:33) Like (5) Dislike (36) Reply
    God knows best.All these incidents may have been warnings to him. Father Lord we commit his spirit into your hands.You always knows what lies ahead. A great deed done.To the surviving brother the Lord has given you life now place your life into His hands.Dont let your brother's life go for nothing.Jesus wants your salvation your repentance is essential to Him.What a brotherly love! Take my advice before it is too late. God loves you and me. I must say He loves all a we.
  • Gumption. Official (11/04/2018, 04:27) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    What a brave thing to do. Sadly it have a sad ending. May his brother Rest In Peace. I hope the other brothe/s and family members, friends find comfort in this difficult time.
  • Luvz (11/04/2018, 07:15) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is really tragic indeed. My condolences to the family in this difficult time.
  • SMH (11/04/2018, 09:28) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
    What was the surviving brother doing out in deep waters in the first place if he knew he could not swim
  • True Love (11/04/2018, 09:51) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    No greater Love. He died saving his brother while many in the VI are killing their brothers. I am still glad to know that both lives were not lost. Truly I hope you find out what these tragic incidents back to back mean for your life's direction. God Bless.
  • California girls (14/04/2018, 17:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    My sister and I were visiting Saint Croix in Frederiksted and we're out at the beach on The 4th week in March. While we were there we met a very kind gentleman named Will – he was sitting on the tailgate of his truck watching a volleyball game near White Castle. We learned that he had been in the accident downtown Cristianstad where the cement truck had turned over and hurt his ankle, therefore he was not playing volleyball. Will talked very highly of his family and was proud of daughter and his brothers, one who was a policeman in St. Croix. I am so saddened to read this story. To the brother whose life he saved – I believe God has a plan for your life, maybe Will was ready to go home and you are not? I pray God bless and comfort this family. How very tragic.
  • Geno (15/04/2018, 20:55) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is my family these are my cousin these men are my first cousin and this hit harder than you would ever know
    • tony (16/04/2018, 19:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Saddened by the news of this sending love to the fam from Detroit, June was a great guy
  • BELIEVE? (26/05/2018, 05:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Greetings, very tragic which LOVE can be at times, yet the whole New Testament can be summed up in ONE WORD ... Salvation in 7 those that BELIEVE on MY NAME SHALL BE SAVED quoted JESUS.... no tithing, no water baptism and JESUS last name originally was not CHRIST, ... find this and more at FREE no donations, nothing for sale. Or offerings, nothing to join... In this tragedy find comfort one and ALL there, Someone might point the surviving brother there hopefully, Lovingly to ALL Ron
  • Shawn. (10/07/2018, 08:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This was and still is my older brother. There are no words I can say in this situation other than I Love you bro and I will be here for Chanelle, kee keep, passion , tooda, and Zay! And my sis Gina I will always be in hey corner. Love you and miss you bro

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