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Wells: Cause Of Exuma Boat Blaze Still Unknown

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Renward Wells

By MORGAN ADDERLEY

Tribune Staff Reporter

madderley@tribunemedia.net

THE CAUSE of the fatal Exuma boat accident which occurred more than a week ago has yet to be revealed, Transport Minister Renward Wells told The Tribune yesterday.

"The investigation is ongoing," he added.

Elliot Lockhart, QC, attorney for boat owner Clayton Patterson Smith, echoed Mr Wells' comments.

Mr Lockhart told The Tribune yesterday that police have not confirmed what caused an explosion aboard a Four C's Adventure tour boat on June 30. The incident killed one American woman and injured eleven other people.

Although initial reports from the Royal Bahamas Police Force said an engine had exploded, later reports from Acting Port Controller Commander Raymond King confirmed that this was not the case.

"I am unaware of what the police report stated but I'm sure the social media images would've revealed that the engines weren't affected as part of the explosion but I wish not to speculate about what may have happened," he said during a press conference held on July 2.

At the time, former Transport and Local Government Minister Frankie Campbell said the affected vessel was home-built and had two Yamaha engines.

Despite social media reports that representatives from Yamaha were visiting the country to inspect the boat's engines, yesterday Mr Lockhart could not confirm this matter to be true, saying he was unaware of any such visits.

On July 4, Mr Lockhart declared the boat incident to be a "purely unfortunate accident".

However, he also insisted that based on his investigations on the island and with the boat's captain, he strongly believes there is a possibility the boat may have been sabotaged.

Four C's, Exuma's largest tour operator, was issued a cease and desist order on July 1.

Three days later, Mr Lockhart said his client had returned an excess of $20,000 in cancelled bookings since his company was forced to suspend operations pending the results of the investigation.

Comments

proudloudandfnm 5 months, 1 week ago

Why is it taking so long? A competent marine mechanic can tell you what happened in minutes. There is a very small number of componenets under deck. They should know what happened in minutes. I doubt the police force has any really competent and experienced mechanics. Outsource this. You'll get your answer in 4 hours...

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OldFort2012 5 months, 1 week ago

Don't be silly. They know full well what happened. It's now a matter of how to get out of the potential liability since the owner has no insurance. The Government is going to play stupid and hope the matter goes away. Which it won't. Everyone will get sued in the USA and the liability is going to be very high. Looks like no travel to USA for owner or for Government members. Where will they do their Xmas shopping?

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happyfly 5 months, 1 week ago

Homemade boat, poorly trained captain and crew, unsafe handling and storage of fuel, poorly installed wiring, a bilge full of fumes and one little spark and she goes kaboom. Anyone who has a clue about boats knows it is that simple

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Well_mudda_take_sic 5 months, 1 week ago

Clayton Patterson Smith and Elliot Lockhart truly deserve one another. Those YouTube videos (Parts I and II) made by Smith a few years ago that have by now been downloaded by legal reps for the victims in both the U.S. and the Bahamas are going to bite both Smith and the Bahamian government where it hurts most.

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sheeprunner12 5 months, 1 week ago

Will Joe Public ever get to know the details?????????

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ashley14 5 months, 1 week ago

When the courts order the remains of the burned vessel it will be revealed, unless that disappears. The courts aren't going to allow this to be swept under the rug. The people that were injured and loss of life deserve the truth.

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sheeprunner12 5 months, 1 week ago

Any word yet from the RBPF and other so-called investigators????? ....... US PIs?????

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sheeprunner12 5 months ago

Still waiting on ZNS TV-13 Breaking News report with Ladaun Davis .......... or maybe Clint Watson ............ or Cable 12 ............... or Whatsapp Grapevine ................. SMH

Hope our reporters do not get the Fake News label ............ BOL

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