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British ship turned back – Premier

RFA Mounts Bay. Photo Credit: Royal Navy

While declaring that he is pleased with the resilience and progress being demonstrated following heavy rainfall in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) on Monday, Premier Dr D Orlando Smith said it has been decided that a British ship relatively near the territory is not needed at this time.

His comments come as a tropical wave caused widespread flooding and landslides mere weeks after the Royal Navy vessel RFA Mounts Bay left the BVI, promising to return in the event of a natural disaster.

Some residents have noted that, although a tropical wave has hit, there is still no sign of the said vessel.

Premier Smith, in a press statement regarding recovery efforts, last evening explained: “We have been communicating with the UK authorities and other regional partners since the [tropical wave] began on Monday.”

“The UK Ministry of Defence immediately put RFA Mounts Bay including its crew and assets on standby, and instructed the ship to sail closer to BVI to assist if requested to do so.”

“But, given that our local authorities have made substantial progress in clearing roads and restoring power, and the significant assistance of the community, the ship was stood down and returned to its previous tasking,” added Premier Smith. He did not state who gave the advice that resulted in the vessel being turned away.

Captain of the vessel Christopher Clarke, while in the BVI recently, noted that there are about 400 crew members aboard the vessel. “In the event of a natural disaster, this ship cannot replace the infrastructure of the BVI, but what we can do is bring very definitive bespoke capabilities, and if they are applied in the right sequence at the right time, they can really assist. We have helicopters, trucks and other vehicles and instruments on board to assist, in addition to food, if ever so needed. We bring quite a variation of equipment vehicles and skills,” the captain explained.

More named storms

Premier Smith, in the meantime, yesterday expressed gratitude to the various public and private entities that have been assisting with the recovery efforts.

“Several Government agencies have been deployed with other resources and – in conjunction with private contractors and members of my Government – will continue to accelerate the recovery efforts. We thank all of them for their collective and commendable efforts during this time.”

“Relief efforts for individuals displaced and severely affected have also been arranged, and assistance is being provided as quickly as possible. I understand your needs are urgent, and we are working tirelessly to meet those needs,” Premier Smith further said.

He also stated that persons who need additional assistance should send text or WhatsApp messages to this number: 468-9524.

Premier Smith, in the meantime, urged residents to remain vigilant especially considering that experts have increased the number of named storms and hurricanes expected during this season.

He explained: “The Department of Disaster Management continues to monitor other weather systems and provide advice as information becomes available. In fact, earlier [Friday], they have informed us that the forecasters have increased the number of named storms and hurricanes expected during this Atlantic Hurricane Season. So, while we fast track our recovery efforts, we must also be prepared for any possible impacts.”

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  1. local says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 58 Thumb down 3

    we should have used the assistance

    • NY says:

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      Can someone tell me what is wrong with the premier of the BVI. This is the worst of worst look at the state of that place and he turn back help.

      Tell me ORLANDO who is going to help the home owners clean all the stuff that around their homes. People please get rid of this leader.

      • BVI Culture says:

        Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 33 Thumb down 2

        Why would we not accept the offer of help. It is a ludicrous decision. The question should not be whether we ‘need’ help but whether help would be ‘useful’.

        The Territory is a mess and whilst we could probably struggle through without any help, why turn it down. What a stupid decision!

        • Hmmm says:

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          • Stfu says:

            Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 21 Thumb down 0

            You are so small minded and full of ignorance!!! Too much pride is going to sink this poor island. Yall well know we needed the extra help! Don’t be foolish! Smh

          • Why says:

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            You obviously don’t need help you turned away 400 men.

        • Are you helping says:

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          Are you out there helping? Instead of blaming the Premier get yourself and family out there and help!

        • something more to this says:

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          there maybe other things we are. to pevy to us that premier hasn’t mentioned.no one in their right mind would refuse, so I’m willing to give premier the benefit go the doubt.

      • the rock says:

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        • Harold says:

          Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 21 Thumb down 4

          Here are the facts about the 30,000 residents.

          Many of these residents are “Island People” and are made to feel inferior and unwanted here. These people, it is thought come from islands with little resources and only come here for the US$ and dont care about the BVI which is a great continent.

          The small people have now felt an increase in the cost of work permit fees on top of visa fees in some cases, many of them are abused by their employers due to the “Title deed” (Bond) that is held by their local employer.

          These same “Island people” have to hear about how lucky they are to be able to be in the BVI and that the BVI wasnt built by any foreigners.

          So with all of this separation there is now a lot of giggling and “Look at them now, they are looking like a bunch of island people in their dirt”

          If you want everyone to come together you have to create a bond of togetherness and appreciation 24/7/365.

          Sadly a lot of people not from here are going to lift a finger as they simply dont care due in large part to the above.

          Many locals will expect that “Island people” should be doing the clear up. This is a divided nation

          Call in the Navy!!!

    • Pride says:

      Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 9 Thumb down 0

      Pride goeth before a fall.

    • real local says:

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  2. Jah Know says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 83 Thumb down 0

    Bring them in let them help clean the schools and get them ready for September…y’all want to bring them to search for marijuana feilds but don’t want them to help clean up…hmmm makes you wonder.

  3. No name says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 58 Thumb down 2

    Not needed? You have got to be kidding me!!!! This man for real????

  4. Bull says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 55 Thumb down 1

    He just scared that the ship might return for other reasons than clean-up.

    They on edge.

  5. Just Wrong says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 41 Thumb down 1

    As much as I try, I sure can’t figure out this one. Can anyone explain the logic?

    • Tick Tock says:

      Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 22 Thumb down 0

      Does he or his conrads have any business interests in any of the construction companies involved in the clean up? 🤔

  6. Scary Mary says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 37 Thumb down 0

    Hmmmm … I wonder who turned the ship away?

    The Premiere will use this to claim that we are ready for independence. You saw it here first!

    • Scary Indeed says:

      Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 22 Thumb down 1

      If this country go independent My kids and I will be leaving with no return. And I was born here.

  7. Ken Dreger says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 37 Thumb down 0

    Very poor choice Mr. Smith! this could of assisted with heavy equipment and helped to clean up the area a lot faster…..poor choice….

  8. Tsk says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 24 Thumb down 0

    To then be the SAME people b*tching about them not doing anything for us

  9. Political Observer (PO) says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 26 Thumb down 0

    Why? Well sah!

  10. Well sah says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 4 Thumb down 0

    Who wake him up?

  11. Online Now says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 19 Thumb down 0

    I really can’t understand this, sometimes you just need some extra help. It’s not just the clear up – there are loads of areas that still haven’t been touched – but also preparation in case of further storms. The premier even says that the forecasters have increased the number of storms expected!

  12. Patrick k says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 24 Thumb down 0

    Never turn away a helping hand. Not because you don’t need it but to make the other person feel good about helping.

  13. Gateman says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 20 Thumb down 0

    What the hell is going on tola do need the help why will you send back the help

  14. Vex in VG says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 20 Thumb down 0

    VG have no or little government trucks, heavy machinery etc. They should have been asked to come

  15. ! says:

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    • @! says:

      Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 7 Thumb down 0

      There is more to come. BVI better get prepared, for it ain’t over. This is just the beginning. A warning and wake up call for the territory.

  16. 2 Grand says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 11 Thumb down 0

    Just like how the greedy and selfish always want more this national disaster needs all the help we can get. Benefits are faster cleanup/recovery. technical assistance less burden on treasury. human resources etc etc etc
    Shm

  17. Come on says:

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    • Online Now says:

      Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 24 Thumb down 0

      I think you are forgetting that most of us had to go back to work on Thursday and don’t have access to heavy machinery.

  18. Food for thought says:

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    • Online Now says:

      Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 19 Thumb down 4

      Give me a break! How paranoid and deluded are you?

    • Hmmm says:

      Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 10 Thumb down 3

      So the UK sent the tropical wave, pressed pause on the remote so it could remain over us long enough to cause substantial flooding and then pressed play again, waiting for us to call for assistance? Oh ok, got ya!!

    • Jah says:

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      @Food For Thought

      Don’t be stupid…We are already owned by the Queen(UK), Its the British(UK) coming to give help. The other day they came, we never even know what they was doing until they reported that they was searching for weed farms.

      Now they coming back to offer REAL help and they get turned away. smh makes no sense.

  19. Assessing says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 6 Thumb down 0

    Unbelievable!!!!!

  20. Anonymous says:

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  21. Only come help if your hands are going to get dirty says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 25 Thumb down 2

    Now, now. We all need to remember that on the Premiers assesment of damage he only had a chance to see a small area due to his time being taken up by his photo op!!!

    Please dr smith, do not insult the people that have lost everything.

    Sending away a large number of strong hands that are willing to help, in favor of those that want to just pose for a picture while wearing a button down shirt & suede shoes, holding a clean shovel!!

    Maybe he should go back to his desk and dig up the invoices for the recently repaired roads that slid right off.

    Time to ask for a refund!!

  22. Candi says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 18 Thumb down 1

    So the Premier is saying that he knows for a fact that the ship was turned away but he doesn’t know who did it? Really now?!!! If one of the news sites got in contact with the UK authorities, are you 100% positive they won’t say that the instructions came from you? We know you’re telling untruths.

    I for one am disappointed with this government, especially you Premier. I swear you are walking on your senses or sleeping them off.

    WE NEED HELP AND NEED IT NOW!!!! You are so busy bashing the UK and trying to act as if we don’t need them, but you need to wake up and realise WE DON’T NEED YOU, WE DON’T WANT YOU, WE DON’T LIKE YOU.

    Try call the ship and ask them nicely to return cause you’ve had a much better look around the territory and now see the amount of damages. CALL THEM!!

  23. Haha says:

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    For the survival of the BVI, the Premier has to go, NDP must go by any means necessary.

  24. Hmmm says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 10 Thumb down 0

    More storms coming…Hhhmmm.. opportunity for more humanitarian aid? Hhhhmmm…..

  25. Iyiyiyi says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 9 Thumb down 2

    I damn sure aint gonna come out my house and help so he better call the people them back and assist him. Such a foolish man.

  26. Wendy says:

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  27. Lost and confused says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 9 Thumb down 0

    I did not read to the end but I got upset with the headline and as I continue to read I became more upset this is the first time I have seen so much flooding in BVI like this what ever action this government does now we decide their faith in the next election this is going to be one of the major issues to be address it looks like we do not have much backup plan for natural disasters imagine if we got to know there is an hurricane heading towards our direction within few hours then we will all start to panic my question is how well is this government and the people ready for this active hurricane season this is just a test and I hope we all pass this test.

    Working together as a team is key if you are going to make a decision behind close doors make sure the people have a say before you go ahead and that take that decision remember you represent the people that is all am going to say for now.

  28. Scary Indeed says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 13 Thumb down 4

    When is the next election? The Queen just need to take the BVI Completely.

  29. Wes says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 7 Thumb down 0

    Whats wrong with Orlorna? See what I did there?

  30. What! says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 5 Thumb down 0

    So we had help and manpower turned away. So it’s ok to see people shoveling dirt and breathing in who knows what for 5 days trying to clean their communities. The time could hAve been halved at least with all that man power.

  31. MAG says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 8 Thumb down 0

    I thought only the governors office could make such a decision. This ship has a large amount of heavy duty equptment and engineers to assist us,
    what does the acting governor have to say about this?
    Why is the resent government so adverse to help when it is obviously needed?
    SHAME ON YOU!

  32. Thoughtful Sailor says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 6 Thumb down 0

    This was not a “proud” decision but a prideful one.

    • Food for thought says:

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      Obviously you are unfamiliar about international deceptive diplomacy. Nothing are always what they seem to be. Time will tell.

  33. Old says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 6 Thumb down 0

    Every one how running there mouth vote for nbp

  34. What's Next says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 6 Thumb down 0

    What will this man do next? Isn’t it time that someone examine his __? No one second the motion to remove him, so he thinks he is on the right track.

    He could at least let them clear the guts. God forbid we get a similar repeat right now! He needs to come out now and say, this isn’t true, even if he is lying.

  35. CAPTAIN HOOK says:

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    This place is a mess. No time for division, lets get our acts together and CLEAN UP THE PLACE.

  36. Take the help but be careful says:

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    Be careful of strangers bearing gifts. Disasters. Gifts. Gather info. Take over. Domination.

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