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One dead following early-morning boating accident

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A man has been confirmed dead following a boating accident on the western end of Tortola early Thursday morning, April 25.

Information Officer in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force Diane Drayton said the casualty happened at Frenchman’s Cay Harbour in Soper’s Hole.

Police are yet to disclose the identity of the deceased.

Rescue Coordinator of the Virgin Islands Search And Rescue, Phil Aspinall, told BVI News that the incident was reported to his team but the matter was dealt with by the police.

“We got a call about 1:15 in the morning for an overturned dingy and unknown number of persons in the water. Police were on the scene immediately so we didn’t respond,” Aspinall said.

Investigations are ongoing.

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28 Comments

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  1. What!!! says:

    Someone is dead, they have family and friends, please no asinine or insensitive comments. Thank You

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Like it or not, all opinions are protected, including yours.

    Turn the BVI into an inheritance grave yard, and trying to shut up individual opinions at the same time is not a tenet of democracy.

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  3. Richard says:

    Terrible loss, a good guy, one of the few, I’m so sorry.

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    • Graham says:

      One of the kindest most decent humans I ever met.
      Life is a cruel thing… My thoughts go out to his family and everyone who was lucky enough to have had him in their life. He was a friend and will be missed.

  4. Saint says:

    he saved a mans life once.

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  5. Sad News says:

    Sorry to hear, condolences to his loved ones.

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  6. MELISSA READ says:

    This Is My Brother, BRANSON READ..
    we grew up in tortola!!! Please if you have any info good or bad, please say..
    Most amazing person you would ever meet

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  7. @Anon says:

    wypipo just don’t like being confronted with their truth, when it’s bad truth.

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    • Friend says:

      In what possible way do you think your comment is appropriate at this time? In what way do you think that comment moves us forward in a positive way as a community? I wish you had the love for your fellow man and woman that Branson had instead of this misplaced toxicity. What sort of nonsense does “bad truth” even mean, sounds like you need to stop watching Dr Phil and start reading some books and educate yourself. Suggest you start with Dr ML King…

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  8. Friend says:

    To Branson’s family: I am so sorry for your loss, he was a sweet person who wouldnt hurt a fly. A lovely, lovely person. I wish this news wasnt true.

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  9. Friend says:

    I am deeply sorry to receive this news. My condolences to the family and the community. He was a very kind person and will be missed.

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  10. Christin says:

    So sorry to hear of this accident and Branson’s passing 🙁 . My friends and I met Branson about 10 years ago – He was our captain for a day trip around the BVI’s. As we still all remember him from one day of meeting so long ago, he definitely made a great impression on all of us. He even came over to St Thomas years later when two people from our group got married to wish them well. Very kind and gentle soul, Rest In Peace

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  11. toby and jack says:

    Branson was a kind and gentle. A good friend and person. We will miss his smile and always saying, “No worries.” To his family, you raised a beautiful child.

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  12. white boi says:

    please correct me if needed. This boi born here, from here in all regards. Never left here, always gave back to here. Everyone that came in contact with him here loved here cuz he was proud to be from here. so sad to hear your gone boi, thanks for making us proud.RIP my boi.

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  13. Larry says:

    I met Branson in February 2019 and knew right away that he was a good soul. I was so sad to hear of his passing. I’m blessed to have had the opportunity to know Branson. Rest In Peace Branson.

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  14. Anonymous says:

    Our family is not good!!!!

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  15. crmoores says:

    So very sorry to hear this news…

  16. crmoores says:

    So very sorry to read this news on TTOL and it is obvious Branson was loved by those who crossed paths with him…

  17. Peter and Priscilla says:

    We have always enjoyed time with Branson. Seeing his love of life. A really decent guy. Our condolences to the family.

  18. For real says:

    Family and friends sorry for your lost does any one have a picture of him

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