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Body found at sea without life jacket

A body believed to be that of Tortola resident Deshaun ‘Bongo’ Bryan was discovered at sea this morning, July 15.

Representative of the Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR) Phil Aspinall said the discovery was made close to the Towers area of West End.

That location is not far from where Bryan disappeared on July 11, when he and another person allegedly jumped from a boat that eventually flipped. The other person was rescued immediately.

Aspinall stated that, up to last night, VISAR was searching in the general area, but found nothing.

“We don’t give up… It is sad, but it is better to have closure,” he told BVI News Online.

However, VISAR received a call this morning that persons aboard Speedy’s Ferry had spotted a body in the water while the vessel was heading towards St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands.

VISAR immediately went to the scene and recovered the corpse without life jacket.

“We looked last night; we didn’t find anything. I am assuming he surfaced in the night some time or early this morning,” Aspinall told BVI News Online. “We retrieved a body from the water this morning in the area of Towers around 10:30. [It had] no life jacket.”

Persons with knowledge of the waters have explained that, under normal circumstances, a drowned person would remain under water for some time in the area where he sank. When the body eventually rises to the surface, it is then at the mercy of surface currents.

Meanwhile, the body found this morning was handed over to the marine police.

Deshaun ‘Bongo’ Bryan

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  1. God is love says:

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    Omg so sad i dont like to see this atall.. God have u some placr safe sad sad sad

    • Watching On says:

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      This is a sad situation condolences to the family, but why do people act like everyone who dies good or bad goes to heaven or a “safer place.” It doesn’t work like that. read your Bible.

  2. Aaaa Bibb says:

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    We were on the ferry, the Speedy Team was professional and waited 1 hr for the police to arrive. A few yacht’s came near, but when instructed to stay away did. Body was floating, initially we thought luggage had fallen or garbage, but soon everyone saw legs and it was clear a body was found.

  3. Gods child says:

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    Bongo was an awesome father!!! Look over your princess!

  4. Read says:

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    There is no princess to look over that is the job for the living one now. Read:

    Ecclesiastes 9:5 King James Version (KJV)

    5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.

    6 Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.

  5. soljah says:

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    r.i.p king

  6. Tina Clifon says:

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    My family was in the ferry as well. The Speedy employees were kind and ask that others taking pictures would stop and show respect for the dead.

    Our daughter wept as she said that he was probably someone’s father. I pray we all show the compassion to others that the ferry employees requested and take time to remember those Bongo left behind. Rest In Peace

    • Much respect says:

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      The Speedy employees did the right thing, showing respect for the deceased and his family.

      In this age of social media where nothing is really off limits and people post inappropriate material with no thought on what damage it may cause, it’s great to see restraint and respect shown by not taking pictures. RIP to this young man.

  7. Sis O' de Soil says:

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    So sad. Rest In Peace young King! Peace and blessings for his family, especially his daughter during this difficult time.

  8. Scary Freddy says:

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    More blood sacrifice in this nation.

  9. Cbc says:

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  10. Cbc says:

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    Deepest Confolences

  11. Hey You says:

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    Bongo Rest In Peace….you were loved by many. And u NOT be forgotten!! BangKing

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