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UPDATE: 38 Top Gun steering broke causing collision - Nick Willis

Scene from the boating accident at Virgin Gorda on May 25, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the boating accident at Virgin Gorda on May 25, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the boating accident at Virgin Gorda on May 25, 2014. Photo: VINO
At least two persons have been injured following a boating accident in Virgin Gorda today, May 25, 2014. Photo: Provided
At least two persons have been injured following a boating accident in Virgin Gorda today, May 25, 2014. Photo: Provided
Scene from the boating accident at Virgin Gorda on May 25, 2014. Photo: Provided
Scene from the boating accident at Virgin Gorda on May 25, 2014. Photo: Provided
Scene from the boating accident at Virgin Gorda on May 25, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the boating accident at Virgin Gorda on May 25, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the boating accident at Virgin Gorda on May 25, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the boating accident at Virgin Gorda on May 25, 2014. Photo: VINO
LEVERICK BAY, Virgin Gorda, VI – Nick Willis, the owner of the Leverick Bay Resort, said it was a broken steering mechanism on the boat 38 Top Gun that resulted in yesterday’s (May 25, 2014) crash at the Poker Run.

Speaking to patrons of the 13th edition of the Leverick Bay Resort’s Poker Run, Willis said that the steering was broken just before the start of the race, resulting in 38 Top Gun colliding with the boat Red Zone.

“It’s unfortunate, there was nothing he could have done at the time, this is very sad but let’s all pray for their timely recovery,” Mr Willis said. “I say every time to be careful and I do believe today that we have all been careful, there was a mechanical fault,” he added.

Mr Willis further stated, “The steering broke and he had no control over the boat at all and went straight into the boat from St Maarten.”

Four persons were injured and hospitalized as a result of the water accident, two of who are said to be in serious condition. They are the owners of 38 Top Gun Mr Jimmy Bou and his female partner Ms Luz Evid.

The captain of Red Zone was only identified as Corino.

Persons close to the couple said that there were four persons on the boat at the time and that the other two managed to escape without injuries. This news site caught up with one of the passengers but he said that he had rather not comment.

One other person who said she is very close to the couple said that the last word she had received from a hospital source was that Jimmy’s condition was listed as very serious. This was not confirmed to be so but her statement was also supported by one of the passengers of the vessel at the time of the accident.

Mr Nice Guy of Virgin Gorda was among the party assisting VISAR in the rescue effort and he told this news site at that the time of being transported to the hospital Jimmy Bou was conscious.

He said that he was able to give his name to those attending to him and was complaining of severe pain in the chest, head and back and was bleeding from the right ear.

Red Zone is from St Maarten while 38 Top Gun is out of Puerto Rico.

Up until the close of the Poker Run activities in the early morning hours of today May 26, 2014 the two badly damaged boats were docked at the Leverick Bay Marina and had attracted the curious eyes of almost everyone visiting as they took photographs and gathered in pockets discussing the incident and in some cases surrounding those from the two countries giving the support for the injured's speedy recovery.

See previous story published on May 25, 2014:

Several injured in Poker Run boating accident

LEVERICK BAY, Virgin Gorda, VI – At least two persons have been seriously injured following a boating accident in Virgin Gorda today, May 25, 2014.

Details are sketchy at this time but reports indicate that two boats involved in this weekend’s Poker Run collided with each other at Leverick Bay.

The injured were transported to an ambulance at Gun Creek and up to press time were being transferred to Peebles Hospital according to a source. 

The condition of the injured persons remains unclear up to press time but this news site will provide more details as they become available.

36 Responses to “UPDATE: 38 Top Gun steering broke causing collision - Nick Willis”

  • Prediction (25/05/2014, 13:43) Like (10) Dislike (23) Reply


    AL...OL & SP..D DOESN'T MIX.

  • pat (25/05/2014, 13:50) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Not good at all
  • main concerns (25/05/2014, 13:50) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply

    R.m, safety, Rules, over...ding & Sp..d.

  • VG (25/05/2014, 13:51) Like (13) Dislike (22) Reply
    Where is our promised hospital?
    • tola (25/05/2014, 14:32) Like (16) Dislike (19) Reply
      We cant get the one down here finished and ayo thing ayo going to get one??? Come on! stop letting ronnie them fool ayo.
      • Ben (25/05/2014, 16:13) Like (39) Dislike (3) Reply
        The Vg representative boasts about being in an elected rep for over 28 years, but nope you all want to crucify Ronnie who is a new comer! Wow hatred is a monster buddy.
      • bvi (25/05/2014, 16:40) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
        Kudos going out to the doctors and nurses and staff at the Iris O'Neal Clinic. They were spectacular!!!
    • vg massive (25/05/2014, 14:47) Like (14) Dislike (10) Reply
      You right ,when will government start spending money on the stuff we really need,spending money on a dock in vg now for cruise passengers where will they go if a accident happen back to tortola and then dead by the time they reach .All these large outer islands needs serious medical facillities ask Hon.Penn he was involve with and incident at a poker run before,lets get serious with these politicians and demand what we need...
    • ta ta (25/05/2014, 15:29) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply
      It went in a non revenue park that ball headed even cannot maintain
  • wize up (25/05/2014, 14:31) Like (11) Dislike (7) Reply
    you see why we need persons with good vision as leaders of the BVI....that 30 plus millions towards cruise ship project should have gone to develop our health service then build other stuff....long live the NDP !!!!!!
    • @wize up (25/05/2014, 16:58) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      I could shake your hand. Thank you!

      More tourists, more problems, damaged infrastructure and may I alert you the revenue from cruise ship tourists is less than overnights.

      Why can't we brag we have the best health service in the BVI before we go expanding things. Them same tourist going to need medical attention.
  • Rhumb girl (25/05/2014, 15:29) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    Accident occurred at start of event. Eyewitness accounts and inspection of boats indicates mechanical (steering) failure caused accident. Big shout out to VISAR, Fire and Rescue and everyone else who responded. Thoughts and prayers with those involved.
  • xxxxxxxx (25/05/2014, 15:39) Like (1) Dislike (26) Reply
    deeds guys on the water dont know the basic boating rules......
    • Poker Run (25/05/2014, 17:48) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
      The word is these / those not deeds. Learn to spell before you come on here writing.
      • Peaches (26/05/2014, 09:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        @Pooker Run that fool XXXXXX is wilful. This is not the first time I have seen the person write "deeds". Attention seeker!
    • Ben (26/05/2014, 12:09) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      @xxxxxxxx ..Not only can you not spell, you cannot read either. The story said it was the steering mechanism that broke which caused the accident. It had nothing to do with basic boating rules. Reading is fundamental.
  • devon (25/05/2014, 15:48) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
    Speed boats vs slow boats. Get it now?
    • Iwitness (25/05/2014, 20:09) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Dude that concept 4400 is nothing close to slow 3x Mercury 350sci Superchared outboards that is doing approx 88 miles per hour, and the cigarette doing around the same…… Steering failure is the cause of this dramatic incident.
  • don (25/05/2014, 16:19) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Sorry to hear about the accident. There are usually so many high powered boats involved, I always fear this type of thing happening.
  • NICK (25/05/2014, 16:32) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
    who crash
    • deeds (26/05/2014, 09:25) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
      U mean deeds leverick people didn't know who crash or de rum got dem bazady?

      lawd ayo rum bubblers need to tek a rum test before ayo hit the wata.

      hope dem injure people aright.
  • wow (25/05/2014, 16:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    We can still do betterto promote safty at sea
  • pat (25/05/2014, 17:15) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    Too many boats are overloaded without sufficient life jackets.
    • boat owner (26/05/2014, 09:58) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      You are the owner or captain of a boat, does some one needs to tell
      you your boat is over loaded? Do you have a fire extinguisher in your
      car? because no one tells you so? Be responsible for your own action.
  • Dr. Shimit (25/05/2014, 23:22) Like (6) Dislike (8) Reply
    We don't need another POKER RUN. Just one that can't control the large crowd with no safety on water put in place. Come on Nick, an event as large as this needs Government involvement. You cannot do it by yourself.

    No money for non of these projects until we realize that safety is BVI priority. Then I would not have to be called to the hospital on my resting Sunday to save a life or lives and the money made is not even donated to assist to buy a hospital bed which we urgently need.
    • wtf? (26/05/2014, 09:38) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
      Do you realize that apart from that incident the Poker Run went well in terms of safety? Do you realize that a steering or any other mechanical problems can occur at anytime and injure people? Do you realize how much worst this could have been looking at how fast that Cigarette is capable of going? The steering broke, he couldn't control and hit the other boat. WTF does that have to do with Government and donating to the hospital? This is the people's event and they don't need Government poking their noses into it. It's a great tourism draw especially for VG and we locals will continue to support it. The people started their event from nothing, now it's something everybody want to have a say.
    • Buff-Baff (26/05/2014, 10:21) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
      Why don't you use your own name when you come on here talking crap. The people running their poker run for years without bothering government, now you want government to get into it to mess things up. The less government gets involved with private sector ventures the better for the economy. The influx of people to the territory for the event brings money in without taxpayers money being given to private businesses. Those with the music fest need to take a page out of Nick's book, and learn how to consistently pull off an event that only gets bigger each year without trying to broke the government. That's what entrepreneurship is about.
      • VI Government (26/05/2014, 11:57) Like (2) Dislike (9) Reply
        The Virgin Islands Government run this country not Nick nor your dumb @ss because when incident like what happened take place, the government agencies have to respond so Nick learn from your management organizational errors. It is not about Entrepreneurship but RESPONSIBILITY!
    • Yes (27/05/2014, 05:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Lol lol but 'Dr. Shimit' you was poker
  • swim (26/05/2014, 00:04) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    more food for the fishes
  • Participant (26/05/2014, 09:54) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    The safety rules of the start reduce the impact of the accident.
    The big boys start is in the channel pointing to Anegada while
    the smaller one goes down thru Musquito ghut, this was established
    many year ago, for this same reason. Speedy recovery Jimmy we are
    praying for you.
  • Dummy (26/05/2014, 19:55) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Great job nick &monica, mr nice guy, elvis etc. The dock looks fantastic with all the boats on show and everyone having a good time. The fashion show models are beautiful and the dancers really moving. Vg yacht harbor, cooper island, pirates bight, all packed with people. Also east end and west end. Truly a complete bvi experience whether you had your own boat or rode speedy or just watched from hog heaven or tortola south side. Too bad about the accident but stuff happens. Best wishes to the injured and get well soon.
  • PokerRun Suporter (27/05/2014, 07:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Poker Run brings much needed revenue to the country during this slow period
    and is very obvious. They dont need tourist board nor Government
    or no loan. Spring Regatta and the others are jokes compare to this but tourist
    board is big and heavily financially involved.
    Poker Run has proved itself several times over. Sponsors are running to the
    and line up for next year.
  • marineyacht (27/05/2014, 23:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I just live that cigarette since I was a kid also the owner is a friend of my father am very sad about everything but it happens, love that cigarette so sad do sad. what brand was the red zone?
  • Red zone (03/06/2014, 02:29) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    concept boat 44 'ask your friend jimmy transmit its insurance for damage due to a family

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