BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – A US citizen has reportedly drowned and his companion hospitalised following an accident at sea on Sunday (Feb. 9).
Dead is Timothy Doran of New York and hospitalised is Austin Edwards, a native of Ohio, USA, who resides in St. Kitts.
According to a police communiqué, the accident occurred some time after 7:00 p.m. on the day in question and preliminary investigations revealed that a dinghy in which Edwards and Doran were sailing had collided with the MV Caribbean Explorer II in the Potato Bay area.
Potato Bay is situated southeast of Bird Rock, close to Fort Tyson.
A call was made to the St. Kitts and Nevis Coast Guard and a number of its members had responded. Austin
Edwards was rescued and members of the Emergency Medical Service took him to the JNF Hospital, where he is reportedly warded in a stable condition.
Unfortunately, Doran had experienced difficulties and drowned. He was pronounced dead by the District Medical Doctor.
However, none of the occupants of the MV Caribbean Explorer II had suffered any injury.
Police investigations into the matter are ongoing and the Maritime Affairs Department has signalled its intention to also conduct an investigation into the incident.