One person dead after St. Lucian boat goes missing at sea

One person is reported dead after a St. Lucian vessel went missing at sea.

The deceased has been identified as “Paragen”, while his sailing companion, identified as Joachim Theodore, survived the ordeal.

Both the deceased and the survivor returned home today.

According to the Marine Police Unit, a fishing pirogue,  J6116, dubbed – “Move It”, left the Vieux Fort Fisheries Complex on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at about 6:00 am.

Superintendent John Preville told the Times that when the vessel did not return, a missing vessel report was filed at about 8:25 pm the same day.

A search was conducted by the Marine Police Unit, which sought help from its partners in the region after no trace of the missing vessel could be found.

Preville disclosed that the French and an RSS aircraft from Barbados joined the search the next day, conducting an operation between Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Saint Lucia and Martinique.

The lighthouse at Mole a Chique also began broadcasting alerts to other vessels about the missing pirogue.

At about 9 pm On Sunday, July 24, 2016, the local Marine Unit received information from the French indicating that a vessel – the Steffi C, had rescued two men at about 7:pm that same evening from aboard the pirogue – Move It.

Superintendent Preville told the Times that according to the information received, there was an attempt to tow the pirogue, but it sank.

‘Paragen, one of the men aboard the vessel, was reported dead while his companion – Joachim Theodore, is currently assisting the police with an investigation into the matter.