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Davis: Pm Not Taking Tragedy Seriously Enough

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PLP leader Philip 'Brave' Davis.

By KHRISNA RUSSELL

Deputy Chief Reporter

krussell@tribunemedia.net

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis' response to the Exuma boating tragedy shows a lack of appreciation for the seriousness of the situation, Progressive Liberal Party Leader Philip "Brave" Davis said yesterday.

On Monday when he was asked to speak about the horrific event, Dr Minnis offered brief remarks expressing condolences to the families of those affected by Saturday's accident. However, he told reporters he did not want to say anything on the matter because it was an active investigation.

He had the same response when he was asked if he could say whether the incident would bring more stringent regulations for the tour industry.

This was not sufficient, Mr Davis suggested.

Mr Davis said the prime minister's response was typical for him, adding he had a similar attitude when it came to the traffic accident which claimed the life of a young woman - Garvanisha Carey - on Munnings Road last month.

Mr Davis said the victim's mother indicated to him that she would appreciate a call from the prime minister. Mr Davis said he made several attempts to reach out to the prime minister, including sending an email to him, but still the mother had not been contacted by Dr Minnis.

"We appreciate that the investigation is ongoing," Mr Davis said yesterday. "I don't think he was called upon to speak of the events surrounding the circumstances that may have led to the tragic event. There are other issues that evolved from the event having happened and that is the seriousness of it.

"He could have responded to that. He could have spoken to those persons who are injured. He could have spoken to the family of the person who would have lost their life. He could have spoken to the community because the likelihood of reputational concerns that could have resulted from it. Those are the things that he should have been speaking to.

"For example, if he said it is under investigation perhaps he could have given some outline of what the government has done to ensure that the investigation will be effective, that the investigation will be transparent, that the investigation will result in some accountability. Those are some of the things."

He continued: "For example I would have thought that he would have announced a team dealing with this matter.

"I would have thought that he would have announced some committee or some commission that could assist in dealing with the possible fall out internationally to deal with the issues that might arise from the reputational point of view and deal with the actual investigation. It has to be properly managed and I don't know that he understands the whole gambit of what has happened."

However, PLP Deputy Leader Chester Cooper seemed to have a different take.

He said there needed to be a consolidation of the message to ensure the incident and what is being done is conveyed the proper way internationally.

Apart from this, Mr Cooper said he was confident Exuma would rise again, adding Exumians were generally pleased with the way in which resources came together in response to the accident.

He said: "I believe this tragedy is gone now to a new phase. We are generally concerned that the accident is properly conveyed in the international community.

"I've spoken with the minister of health and the minister of tourism and the director general of tourism. I believe it is important that we all speak with one voice with respect to how we manage the international aspect of the tragedy itself.

"Exuma continues to be a resilient tourist destination. Anyone who has travelled to Exuma understands the sheer beauty of the Exuma cays, the resilience of the tourism product and in fact we have 365 islands of the Bahamas. I would like to say 365 of the more beautiful islands reside in the Exuma cays. So I believe we will rise again.

"This will be a temporary moment of reflection to improve our game recognising that accidents do happen and we will discover that as tourism rebounded after even more significant events like the 9/11 incident, people will travel again people will recognise that we are upping our game in Exuma."

Four C's Adventures has been issued a cease and desist order to suspend operations pending an investigation into the accident that killed one American woman, caused another to lose both of her legs and injured nine other people on Saturday, according to former Transport and Local Government Minister Frankie Campbell.

Four C's Adventures received the order on Sunday evening despite opening for business that day. The order was issued by the acting controller of the Port Department in conjunction with the Exuma Port Authority Board.

Comments

sheeprunner12 9 months, 3 weeks ago

What does this stuttering fool want for Minnis to do?????? ........ Raise the dead?????

And whenever he was called out to condemn Perry's crooked antics ...... he feigned ignorance or that he was excluded from the decision taken by Perry ........ But he sat there as #2 for 5 years.

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PastorTroy 9 months, 3 weeks ago

The PLP leadership is starting to sound very desperate, this is a national tragedy! Please do not make this a political issue, the world is watching/reading. Using this unfortunate incident to score cheap political points is juvenile and unwise when a tragedy like this that can threaten our livelihood we ALL (Bahamian People) need to pull together to solve it. A visitor to our country on their wedding anniversary lost their life, limb/limbs, hurt in an accident and this so call leader wants to use this sad situation as some "got ya" moment is unpatriotic, ignorant and ungodly. # The Bahamian people will not forget.

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BahamaRed 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Da fu*k... how many Bahamians die in America, do they expect a call from the president.

How many people die from traffic accidents, do you think the president calls each one.

Get the hell outta here... ya'll really think politicans have time for all this bs. Then when dudes spend all their time "politicking" then when do they have time to run the country.

Jeesh man...

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bogart 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Very trajic accident happened to our guests in boat accident... everybody instantly sprungs to help....medical visitors guests...Police in action...Police investigations in action..hurt taken to hospital...US Embassy in action...Bahamian hospital PMH Critical Care in action... PMH.Intensive Care in action...some injured goes to US hospital...Police investigations in action...Bahamian Exuma Govt representative Chester Cooper in action Bahamian Port Depsrtment in action..Bahamian CEO an Bahamian Prime Minister Roc wid Doc makes condolences...more investigations....enging didnt expolde...more investigations...boat company issue ordrs to cease.....plenty happening.all round.some before..after same time..all together..Bahamians sad an upset.....is the Opposition political leader missing something .....?????

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John 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Yes there should be a full and intense investigation. This (charter) business was dominated by a few. But now as more people enter the market the competition is growing stiff. And while it may not be tr intention of anyone to take an innocent life or even injure anyone, competitive .. o never mind

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Porcupine 9 months, 3 weeks ago

When will this country grow up. Mr. Davis, get lost for the sake of this country. And take the rest of your pathetic PLPs with you.

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Damifiknow 9 months, 3 weeks ago

When he going to jail for scamming the Cuban National out of her late husbands estate in Grand Bahama! That story even made it to the Miami Herald Scammed the women out of millions and her property and marital home Slick lawyer! Hired as executive to the estate for a parcel of land and decided that wasn’t enough Kept the whole Estate!

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Well_mudda_take_sic 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Clayton Smith, the owner of Four C's Adventures, is one Bahamian who will hopefully get his just desserts. God only knows how this guy ever got a sea tour operator license with all of the facts that have since come to light.

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Well_mudda_take_sic 9 months, 3 weeks ago

In fact, it was a most serious incident in waiting thanks to the combined gross negligence of Clayton Smith and the Bahamian government.

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Sickened 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Davis needs to be examined by a psychiatrist! He really has lost his marbles. It was funny to tease his lack of intellect but now its just sad.

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sealice 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Buddy Mr. Smith was complying with all the rules and regulations and you and your band of fools put in place - what do you want the gubmint to do make a bigger situation out of it then is necessary? Just like you do everytime some dies - state funeral let the people pay for it... Your rules failed these people why should anyone be listening to you????

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Alex_Charles 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Brave and the previous disasterous dumpster fire of an administration didn't take the flipping country seriously. Shut up Brave, you have no credibility.

I can't tell whose actually worse in leadership, Minnis for his flip flopping or Brave for what he represents.

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