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Woman falls through dinghy dock @ CGB

- Gov’t slammed for deplorable state of frequently used dock
The dinghy dock at Cane Garden Bay is in urgent need of repairs. Photo: Team of Reporters
The Facebook post by Pamela Forbes. Photo: Facebook
The Facebook post by Pamela Forbes. Photo: Facebook
The response by Hon Melvin M. Turnbull on Facebook. Photo: Facebook
The response by Hon Melvin M. Turnbull on Facebook. Photo: Facebook
The Facebook post by the woman who claimed to have fallen through the dinghy dock at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: Facebook
The Facebook post by the woman who claimed to have fallen through the dinghy dock at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: Facebook
CANE GARDEN BAY, Tortola, VI – A woman and those close to her are being thankful that the scars on her legs and brushes at her emotions are all the injuries she sustained after being a victim of the defective dinghy dock at Cane Garden Bay, Tortola.

The dock, which is in the maintenance responsibility of the National Democratic Party led Government, is said to not have been getting the attention it should from the authorities as it only gets ‘Patched up’ attention though being in a deplorable state and a safety hazard to those who frequent it.

The issue took a blast on social media recently as posted by Pamela Forbes on October 18, 2016. “I think someone needs to check the dinghy dock in Cane Garden Bay. Not sure who's responsibility it is. I know swells always take a beating on it but this evening a woman getting off a dinghy completely fell through into the water. I hope she is ok but friends who saw it were pretty shocked. Others had to help her out.”

Several persons commented, as one noted that the dock was patched in May of this year.

Jason Geyser commented, “the ocean has been "alive" for a week or are, even if was in good repair, it is now badly damaged. It’s a seasonal reality...simple as that. The storms destroy but, in season, that dock is priceless to local business.”

Forbes retorted, “If they are American they will sue. I am sorry this has not even been addressed for any sort of repair as yet. More and more boats in the Bay each day. Just nail some more boards down for heaven's sake.”

Dock will be ‘overhauled’ in short order- Hon Turnbull (R2)

The issue caught the attention of Honourable Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull who responded on social media. “We are in the process of developing a comprehensive plan to renovating the dinghy dock in CGB next to Quito's. In the sitting of the House of Assembly on September 23, I raised the issue publicly for our Premier and Min. Of Finance along the Jn. Min. For Tourism about the urgency to fixing the dock. In very short order the dock will be fully overhauled for the safety of boaters and residents alike.”

However, contributors to the conversation were still not very happy in their tone that the situation has been left in bad shape for so long, including the victim.

“But government, we can’t leave the dock like it is until a new one arrives or for another minute! Boards are missing in 3 places and last night I fell through one of them. I was lucky not to seriously injure myself and just walked away with a very painful bruise. Unfortunately, if the dock stays the way it is some unassuming tourist coming to use the restaurants and bars are going to hurt themselves way more than I did and maybe a lawsuit could even happen.”

29 Responses to “Woman falls through dinghy dock @ CGB”

  • leroy (31/10/2016, 11:27) Like (45) Dislike (3) Reply
    With all the money the greedy CCB business making, why can't they look after the dock
    • smfh (31/10/2016, 13:49) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
      The businesses have done their part making repairs, the minister needs to dip in to the $150,000 allowance and repair the dock instead of sponsoring horse races and boat races that are rery irrelevant!
      • leroy (31/10/2016, 15:00) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
        So much business comes to ccb through the dinghy dock, it is in the best interest for the businesses to at least bring the condition of the dock to the minister responsible, what if the charter companies caution their clients to avoid the bay because they may suffer injury, after dark
  • Hmm (31/10/2016, 11:31) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    This is right under the Ministers nose. You telling me, you waiting on a complete overhaul so in the meantime the people perise?
  • we miss alvin (31/10/2016, 11:37) Like (16) Dislike (8) Reply
    Today is the beginning of the tourist season and mitch has to do better than this.
    • @we miss alvin (31/10/2016, 12:24) Like (6) Dislike (12) Reply
      Why Don't You Shut Up And Go And Do It From Talking?
      • Me (31/10/2016, 13:07) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        To you that made the comment about what we Ms. Alvin said, ignorance is a bad thing. The tourist is watching and reading.
      • ... (31/10/2016, 13:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Because he is not the district rep. Just a reason I randomly thought of...
  • Carnel (31/10/2016, 11:50) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    and your point it is
  • dog (31/10/2016, 11:58) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    Thank god for vino and mich in england drinking tea smh
  • Political Observer (31/10/2016, 13:01) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let's stop the damn nonsense about a comprehssive study and perform the basic maintenance and repair needed to protect public health and safety. Why is the BVI so lackadaisical about performing basic infrastructure maintenance and repair? Does not the BVI have operational liability for the dinghy pier? We have to do more better. Yes, bad English but hopefully we got urgency for preventative, routine........etc maintenance. Wdo we have maintenance personnel on staff at PWD anyway? Bomber, this is some basic maintenance.

  • Long time coming (31/10/2016, 13:18) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    So many complaints about these Docks. Those politicians. Hmmm.
  • watching (31/10/2016, 14:52) Like (23) Dislike (2) Reply
    Maybe they can hire a consultant for a couple hundred thousand dollars to determiine where the 6 boards should be nailed to on the dock . After all its a VERY
    complicated project requiring a lot of outside help so that govt cronies can make their cut
  • i from here (31/10/2016, 15:29) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    CGB gone to the dogs, Down there look dirty and full of trash.
    • @ i from here (01/11/2016, 09:57) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
      so is your mother house I sick and tired of goin to her house lookin so
  • Lilly (31/10/2016, 15:51) Like (2) Dislike (11) Reply
    was she sober?
  • old (31/10/2016, 16:24) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    So many businesses people in that area and have the dock looking like that shame on them every thing is government
  • Hmmmm (31/10/2016, 18:50) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    One BVI........dwfl
  • Wendy (31/10/2016, 20:04) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The dock in CGB, the dock in the Towers,the well,a heritage Ste also in the Towers are a few items which has been consistently ignored by the elected District Rep,Andrew Fahie.
  • tricks (31/10/2016, 20:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    They also need to fix the public bathroom at great habour , Jost van dyke
  • wize up (31/10/2016, 21:07) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Watch and see how fast it gets repaired: as a matter of fact you might simply get a new dock
  • Really (01/11/2016, 06:30) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I does pain my heart to pass through cane garden bay from time you hit the wedding until you get to the foot of ross hill people open your eyes and see before it's to late not the cane garden i used to know
  • @Really (01/11/2016, 09:59) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    sound like you live over the hill maybe your last name is Stoutt STFU
  • Hmm (01/11/2016, 10:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Really, it does pain me to look at the village of Cane Garden Bay that I live in. From the Wedding to Ross bridge, it is a fact, CGB looks disgusting. For a village that takes in so much people, there is no order in it. Construction sites, poorly constructed pieces of bars here and there. Come on, people, the village needs an overhaul. Who anchored that RipVan Winkle boat in front of Janita's yard? Clean up the place, man. Look at the side of the hotel Quito building there by where Sol used to live. What is going on there? That old wall need licking down and those boats need to move off the side there. It is distasteful.
  • This is nuts (01/11/2016, 20:41) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    So you telling me that all the contractors who live on the Government nipple cant find a piece of wood and 2.00 worth of nails to fix a hole in the duck buddy? I mean really? Millions and Millions and more cant even help on this and its net to his place? This is sick man sick.

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