The vessel bearing the Moorings’ logo which was seen sinking in waters near Baughers Bay on Tortola on Sunday, June 30 is now safely out of the water and transported to a boatyard.
This was confirmed by Vice President of Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR) Phil Aspinall.
He told BVI News the area where the vessel was seen and photographed sinking is not where the incident originally took place.
“It was in much deeper water and we moved it to there so that the salvage company could do their job properly,” Aspinall said.
He added: “That’s standard procedure. If we can’t get the equipment necessary to get it out of the water then we do our best to prevent it from sinking any further …. The easiest solution is to park it on a beach to stop any further damage to the boat.”
The VISAR vice president said the vessel began taking on water after colliding with another charter vessel at the entrance to Road Harbour on Tortola.
He said passengers were on board at the time of the collision.
“The boat that was injured the most — all the passengers were removed safely, not by us, so we didn’t launch. We launched the salvage company and the two charter companies in question to go and retrieve their boats but we made sure all the people were safe which is our job,” Aspinall told our news centre.
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A vessel bearing the logo of a local charter-yacht company, The Moorings, has been spotted sinking in waters near Baughers Bay on Tortola.
The vessel, which appears to be a catamaran, is believed to have started taking on water sometime before midday on Sunday, June 30.
Minutes before 1 pm when BVI News arrived at a vantage point where the downed vessel was clearly visible, nearly half of it was already submerged.
While it is not yet known whether persons were onboard when the vessel began to sink, at least two other vessels were observed at the scene and appeared to be offering support.
It is not clear what caused the mishap and efforts to contact the Virgin Islands Search and Rescue — more commonly known as VISAR — were unsuccessful up to press time.
BVI News will provide further information when it becomes available.
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