BASRA Grand Bahama calls Boating Safety Meeting for June 22nd after fatal incident
By Capt. d'Von M. Archer
Jun 16, 2011 - 9:10:38 AM
Freeport, The Bahamas -
Bahama Rescue Report for June 3rd - 4th 2011
On Friday June 3rd
2011, approx. 6:15pm Basra received a call of a missing Person last
seen on a jet ski. Ocean Motion’s owner had reported one of their
operators was missing and his jet ski has been found just off shore
running by itself in circles. BASRA then launched an immediate search.
Gary Simmons (BASRA Rescue 3), Defense Force and Marine Patrol were
notified and responded; there was also help from Basra Rescue 5 Colin
Evans (personal Boat) and Ocean Motion was on scene with 4 jet skis
and 3 boats. Good Samaritan Larry Lewis assisted with his para sailing
boat in hopes of finding the lost Jet Ski Driver. A search of the area
was conducted with negative results. At approx 2045 (8:45pm) the search
was called off due to light restrictions. All personal were asked to
reconvene the search at 0630 am (first Light). Rescue 1 was launched
at 0615 with d’Von Archer (captain) and Justin Palacious as an observer.
Rescue 1 proceeded to the area of Bell Channel entrance along the coast
line to Silver Point Entrance, after a search of the rocks and shoreline
were completed, Rescue1 then picked up Justin Snisky BASRA’s Chairman
who had been searching the Shore. Gary Simmons was on scene by 7am
and defense force and marine patrol shortly afterward. BASRA then organized
a coordinated Search Grid with all available vessels. The pattern of
the search began in front of Bell Channel jetty (due to sun rising and visibility
from East to west at best) and was designed to run to Xanadu and back
to Bell Channel. Shortly after the grid search began a call came into
Rescue 1 from Marine patrol of a possible sighting off Island Seas Resort.
Rescue 1 then proceeded to the area of Island Seas beach where the victim’s
body was recovered just off shore. Justin Snisky was immediately dispatched
from Rescue 1 where he and the investigating officer proceeded to the
beach to retrieve the body from the water for processing. At 0930am
BASRA stood down and returned to base.
On Behalf of the entire board
of Directors our thoughts and Prayers go out to the family and friends
of the young man.
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There will be a
Safe Boating Town Meeting on
at 7:00pm at the Hawksbill Yacht Club.
The location is to be announced. Some invited speakers are the Royal
Bahamas Defense Force, Royal Bahamas Police Force Marine Division, along
with yours truly…. BASRA Station Grand Bahama. See you there!
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