stluciatimes, caribbean, caribbeannews, stlucia, saintlucia, stlucianews, saintlucianews, stluciatimesnews, saintluciatimes, stlucianewsonline, saintlucianewsonline, st lucia news online, stlucia news online, loop news, loopnewsbarbados


Three People Dead, Others Missing In Caribbean Boat Tragedy


Three people died after a boat that left Antigua capsized near the Island of St. Kitts on Tuesday, according to state-owned Antigua and Barbuda Broadcasting Services (ABS).

ABS said over a dozen people were missing.

The news outlet said that two Antiguans were among those rescued from the water by the St. Kitts and Nevis Coast Guard.

According to reports, the vessel left Antigua with 32 people on board.

In a statement expressing deep sorrow at the loss of life, Prime Minister Gaston Browne said the boat, which left illegally for an unknown destination, capsized in the open sea.

“While reports are still sketchy, we understand that the majority of persons on board the vessel may be Africans,” Browne said.

He said they had arrived as tourists aiming to migrate to other countries.

“It is widely known that my Government has been making every effort to be helpful to these brothers and sisters from Africa who were marooned on Antigua, including by granting them residence and the opportunity to work. We have also been engaged with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the International Organisation for Migration on the best ways of treating them as refugees,” the Prime Minister observed.

Browne said it seemed clear that the owners and operators of a vessel in Antigua and Barbuda facilitated the illegal journey.

And he promised a full investigation into the ‘unlawful and dreadful affair’.

Browne said the Government would offer refuge to the survivors, arrange burials for the dead and make every effort to contact their relatives.

Any third-party or user posts, comments, replies, and third-party entries published on the St. Lucia Times website ( in no way convey the thoughts, sentiments or intents of St. Lucia Times, the author of any said article or post, the website, or the business. St. Lucia Times is not responsible or liable for, and does not endorse, any comments or replies posted by users and third parties, and especially the content therein and whether it is accurate. St. Lucia Times reserves the right to remove, screen, edit, or reinstate content posted by third parties on this website or any other online platform owned by St. Lucia Times (this includes the said user posts, comments, replies, and third-party entries) at our sole discretion for any reason or no reason, and without notice to you, or any user. For example, we may remove a comment or reply if we believe it violates any part of the St. Lucia Criminal Code, particularly section 313 which pertains to the offence of Libel. Except as required by law, we have no obligation to retain or provide you with copies of any content you as a user may post, or any other post or reply made by any third-party on this website or any other online platform owned by St. Lucia Times. All third-parties and users agree that this is a public forum, and we do not guarantee any confidentiality with respect to any content you as a user may post, or any other post or reply made by any third-party on this website. Any posts made and information disclosed by you is at your own risk.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here


Subscribe to our St. Lucia Times Newsletter

Get our headlines emailed to you every day.

Share via
Send this to a friend