by Linda Straker
- Boat taken to Harvey Vale by Grenada Coast Guard
- 7 adult male bodies discovered in a decomposed state
- 3 cellphones and GPS tracker found on boat
Police are hopeful that the information in the 3 cellphones found on a small fishing vessel that was floating in the Grenadine marine space belonging to Grenada, will help them to determine where the boat originated and the possible nationality or nationalities of the decomposed bodies.
“Officers found 3 cellphones as well as a GPS tracker on the boat. There was no registration number indicator on the boat and so we are hoping that these devices will help us to determine where the boat came from and its sailing route,” said Trevor Rodney who heads the Community Relations Department.
On Sunday, 12 December 2021, a Petite Martinique fisherman saw the drifting vessel. His investigation revealed it to be a sailing graveyard. The Grenada Coast Guard was contacted and the boat with the decomposed bodies was docked at the Hillsborough jetty. The bodies were later removed and placed with a funeral agency.
A news release issued by the police on 13 December 2021 said that officers assigned to the Northern Division responded to a report of a drifting vessel in the vicinity of Gun Point, Carriacou, on Sunday, 12 December 2021.
“The boat was retrieved and toured [towed] to Harvey Vale by the Grenada Coast Guard, where 7 adult male bodies were discovered in a decomposed state.” The released assured that “Specialised units of the force are presently analysing personal effects and devices found onboard the vessel, following which, a comprehensive update will be provided.”
We are looking for a missing family member. Can I have some pictures of the bodies please?
Not everyone takes their wallet fishing, nor do they all own phones. Just because they didn’t mention fishing gear doesn’t mean there wasn’t any. Most small boats on Grenada don’t show a registration number anyway so don’t make assumptions.
Similar happened in Tobago waters earlier this year, May 2021, a boat with 15 decomposed bodies was discovered, the news said it seemed to have come from Mauritania.
To me it is interesting to read about these cases but I never seem to ever get the ending news concerning such devastating incidences. This to me is like a true crime novel although its real and my heart goes out to these folks in the boat. The ocean is cruel. My condolences go for their family members! God bless!
7 people in one small boat and only 3 cell phones sounds odd with the boat no registration number and other items like wallet cash to identify which island they are from.
Nosotros estamos desde septiembre buscando a nuestros familiares desaparecidos en mar Caribe y ellos llevaban estos artefactos pero eran 4. Ojalá puedan proporcionar pronto mayor información