The body of a 66-year-old male United States citizen was discovered at sea on Thursday afternoon (December 20), local police have told BVI News.
Police found the body near Buck Island.
A search was launched after authorities received reports of a vessel that appeared to be unmanned at sea.
“A salvage company went to the boat and discovered that the engine was on but nobody on board the boat,” representative of the Virgin Islands Search Rescue (VISAR) Phil Aspinall told BVI News.
“We assumed the captain had fallen overboard or something so we then started to search for him,” he explained.
The now deceased man had departed a dock in East End earlier that day, BVI News was told.
Police Information Officer Diane Drayton said the man was a resident of Florida in the US.
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