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UPDATE: Tanny may not have fallen to his death- Co-worker

November 7th, 2013 | Tags: fall ladder broken neck Vincentian Sgt Carl Mason RVIPF
Police have identified the man who was found dead at Leverick Bay on November 5, 2013 as Litton Arthur aka Tanny of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Above: Leverick Bay. Photo: VINO/File
LEVERICK BAY, Virgin Gorda, VI – Mr Litton ‘Tanny’ Arthur, the man who was found dead at Leverick Bay, Virgin Gorda on November 5, 2013 may not have fallen to his death as was initially suspected.

Mr Earl Joseph, a co-worker and friend of Mr Arthur, told Virgin Islands News Online that they were both at work with Villa Rentals on November 5, 2013 when the incident occurred.

In an exclusive interview with Virgin Islands News Online, Mr Joseph reported that Arthur was working in one area and he at another. The man said he decided to go check on Arthur at approximately 3:05 P.M. when he discovered him lifeless on the ground and immediately summoned help.

He said they had communicated in person at about 11 A.M. that day and it was out of concern and curiosity that he decided to go check on him after not hearing from him after then.

One of the police officers first to respond to the report of the sudden death told Virgin Islands News Online that from all observations Arthur did not fall from a ladder or any other object. “He was faced down when we got on the scene. In most cases when a person falls from a ladder they fall on their back and there was no indication that this is what happened,” said the officer.

“He was trimming plants, not trees, nothing high. That was my partner man, real sad when I found him dead, real sad,” said Mr Joseph.

The sister of the deceased, Ms Cynthia George told this news site that she was very shocked at the news of the sudden death of her brother. “His daughter is going to be taking this more hard than anybody else because they were extremely close,” she said. His daughter Andrea Davis Arthur resides on Tortola.

The sister said she had no knowledge of her brother having any medical complaints in the past and noted that she has to rely on the autopsy report to find out what caused her brother’s sudden death.

Tanny resided in Valley, Virgin Gorda and, according to several persons who knew him, he was a very quiet person who only spoke when it was absolutely necessary. They said he led a very simple life and spent most of his time dedicated to his job. “If I told you I could remember ever hearing that man even speak twenty words I would be telling a lie, he was very quiet, simple and quiet,” said one resident.

The late Litton ‘Tanny’ Arthur was 69 years of age at the time of his death. He was a native of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

See previous article posted November 5, 2013

Deceased Vincentian identified as Litton Arthur

Police have now identified the man who allegedly fell to his death earlier today, November 5, 2013 as Litton Arthur of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

In a Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) release issued moments ago, it was stated that Police are investigating a sudden death that occurred at the Leverick Bay Resort on Virgin Gorda.

Officers were reportedly summoned to the scene around 4 P.M. today, after the body of Litton Arthur, 69, – a native of St Vincent and the Grenadines – was found on the ground near to where he had been trimming trees.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The deceased was taken to Peebles Hospital by the Police Marine Unit. There are no suspicious circumstances at present, police stated.

It was noted that family members have been informed.

See previous story posted November 5, 2013:

Man falls to his death at VG

LEVERICK BAY, Virgin Gorda, VI - (Post Time: 6:40 P.M.) Word just reaching Virgin Islands News Online is that a man known as 'Tanny' fell to his death while at Leverick Bay, Virgin Gorda sometime today, November 5, 2013.

Sources said the man, a Vincentian, was on a ladder when he slipped and fell.

Unconfirmed reports are that the 69-year-old man sustained a broken neck.

Acting Police Information Officer, Sergeant Carl Mason told Virgin Islands News Online he could confirm police from the Virgin Gorda Police Station are investigating a death at Leverick Bay but said he couldn't provide any further information.

Virgin Islands News Online will provide more details as they become available.

23 Responses to “UPDATE: Tanny may not have fallen to his death- Co-worker”

  • friend (05/11/2013, 20:45) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    on no rip litton author
  • nightly reader. (05/11/2013, 20:55) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    These workers have to be more careful while working on hights , one man also fall to his death in Jamaica yesterday. They need to use a honest for protection. RIP.
    • sorry (06/11/2013, 08:48) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
      @ nightly reader - Perhaps you should be more sympathetic and offer condolences to the gentleman's family. Then, I believe you actually meant 'harness' and not 'honest'. Pleasant rest.
      • Curious (08/11/2013, 02:23) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
        Perhaps you should heed your own advise Mr/Miss critic.
        Where is your sympathy???
  • north sound (05/11/2013, 21:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    What a sad way to die
  • Family Member (05/11/2013, 21:51) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    He did not fall to his death. People need to stop making assumptions.
  • big bird (06/11/2013, 01:02) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    where is the photo vino you are always first
  • Liat 521 (06/11/2013, 07:43) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    So hurtful to wake up to this type of news vino
  • what (06/11/2013, 10:09) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    • youth's advocate (07/11/2013, 15:46) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      I am here trying to find out if this is the same Tanny that ocassionally works/worked with Stanley Hodge from Cane Garden Bay. My condolences to the family.
  • Elf & Safety (06/11/2013, 10:29) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    If he fell of his ladder while on the job, this makes it a work related fatality. Doesn't the present version of the BVI Labor Code call for employers to have occupational health and safety programs in place to prevent these types of events?
    Condolences to his family on this terrible event.
  • teacher john (06/11/2013, 11:11) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    so sad RIP
  • Charley Rose (06/11/2013, 20:32) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    So sad to hear of the tragic news. I know the guy. He was very quiet. May his soul Rest In Peace.
  • Cherish (07/11/2013, 06:27) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    Oh no, my uncle Tan is dead. DEATH STINKS!!!!
  • FBI (07/11/2013, 14:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    on no who did it?
  • friend (08/11/2013, 08:32) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Very sad news. I have Tanny for over 20 years. I met him while he worked at Biras Creek hotel in North Sound. He was a very quiet person, honest, and hard working. R.I.P Tanny. May the Lord comfort his family during this sad time.
  • CIA (08/11/2013, 16:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    this sound serious
  • # (08/11/2013, 16:53) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    “He was faced down when we got on the scene. In most cases when a person falls from a ladder they fall on their back and there was no indication that this is what happened,” said the officer.

    really officer?
  • Samantha (10/11/2013, 21:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh wow!! I didn't know...i knew you from my childhood and I have always known you to be a very quiet pleasant man. It was just the other day I saw you and we exchanged a few words...(tears). I can't believe this man!
  • Music (11/11/2013, 19:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I was introduce to him in vg he was very nice. So sad may God strenghten the esp his daughter. We here for you my friend.

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