CSSN News – December 6, 2017 – Cruiser dies after dinghy accident in Prickly Bay, Grenada

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At 6:45 pm on December 4, 2017, it was fully dark and a dinghy with 2 occupants was transiting towards the dock area in Prickly Bay. The driver passed too close to an unlit concrete marker that marks a shallow shoal area. He was struck and thrown from the dinghy.

The driver passed too close to an unlit concrete marker that marks a shallow shoal area. He was struck and thrown from the dinghy.

His companion yelled for assistance and nearby cruisers arrived quickly, within 1-2 minutes. The rescuers found the man face down in the water, unconscious and bleeding copiously from his head/face but he began breathing again after being righted and brought into the dinghy. The Coast Guard was summoned and arrived after 15-20 minutes and stabilized and transported the man to shore. A private ambulance was called but failed to arrive so after 30 minutes the victim was taken by the Coast Guard to the public hospital in the back of a pickup truck. Tragically, he has since died.

Two concrete markers mark the channel (port and starboard) entrance into Prickly Bay.

Another fatal dinghy accident occurred several years ago on one of the other 2 concrete markers in this bay. Those 2 concrete markers mark the channel (port and starboard) entrance into Prickly Bay. Those markers have been lit since that accident occurred. The ownership/responsibility for all 3 of these markers is unclear.

Nighttime navigation requires extra vigilance and appropriate cautionary speed. This tragic accident should serve to warn all cruisers, especially those in unfamiliar areas.

 

 

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