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Jan 13, 2015

Tragedy In St. Vincent

In the eastern Caribbean, St. Vincent and the Grenadines is grieving a number of fatalities from a horrible traffic mishap. At least five persons have been killed following a tragic accident on Monday morning. Just after seven a.m., a passenger bus with approximately twenty-one persons—students and residents—were en route to Kingstown from Fancy when the bus overturned and plunged into the sea at Rock Gutter, Owia. Fourteen persons have since been hospitalized at the Milton Cato Memorial and Georgetown Hospitals since Monday; a total of five persons lost their lives in the accident. Residents, the St. Vincent Coast Guard and NEMO have since been conducting searches in the waters to find at least two other persons that are presumed dead, but their bodies still missing. This evening, Colvin Harry, Program Manager, NBC Radio, St. Vincent and the Grenadines gave us an update on the situation.

 

Via Phone: Colvin Harry, Program Manager, NBC Radio, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

“Information has updating regularly over the last twenty-four hours or so are that the coast guard and other civilians involved in the search for persons in the sea after the accident occurred. But information we have are that twenty-one persons were in that bus—mostly students—we are told around fourteen students were in that bus…two for the schools in the north windward area: North Union Secondary and Georgetown Secondary were in that bus en route to their various schools when tragedy struck. The bus left an area called Fancy and it was heading down to Kingstown as its final destination along with the students and other adult persons working in Kingstown were also in that bus. But majority of them as I mentioned before were students from two of the schools in the North Windward District. That occurred sometime around seven a.m. on Monday morning, that’s the twelfth of January. The reports that we have so far in terms of the figures we have….we are told of the fourteen students, five individuals on that bus unfortunately died as a result of this accident. There are still several others, two others missing, while the others are in two hospitals. The main hospital, the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital in Kingstown and we understand that there are a few others at the Georgetown Hospital, which is the secondary hospital at St. Vincent and the Grenadines.”

 

Duane Moody

“Do you know of the efforts that authorities have in place to recover these two persons that are missing and to make sure that everything is under control?”

 

Via Phone: Colvin Harry

“Well the coast guard has been very much at it since yesterday. We are told that they still have divers out in the waters looking for the two other missing individuals. There were some assistance provided by the residents of the area. There were residents who came from the nearby, fisher folks, who were trying to help as well utilizing their vessels to deploy divers. There are also civilians from surrounding districts hat are coming in to assist where possible. The waters are on the Atlantic side so it is presenting a major challenge for the coast guard and the other persons to retrieve the bodies. There were persons saying that they were seeing bodies floating at some point. Some was recovered but because of the conditions, they’ve been unable to recover these two other persons so they remain missing.”

 

It is the first time that a vehicular incident of this magnitude has happened in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The opening of parliament, scheduled for Monday, was postponed as the nation grieves. 

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