RJR News / Details have emerged on the circumstances which led to Sunday’s incident in which a boat carrying several persons capsized off the coast of the Old Harbour Bay fishing village in St Catherine.
The passengers were rescued by fishermen and the Marine Police.
There was no report of injuries.
Shortly after ten o’clock in the morning, the boat, which is owned by St Catherine South Western Member of Parliament Everald Warmington, was transporting persons to Pigeon Island for a fun day when it capsized.
The small vessel was making a second trip when the mishap occurred.
“The boat was on its way to the cay (then) they noticed that the boat start (sic) taking water on board so they turned back; on their way back they saw a (sic) anchored boat so they went alongside it to disembark the persons on that boat, but what happened now, everybody ran over to one side, tried to get off at the same time, so the boat end up capsizing,” Lloyd Grant, Councillor for the Old Harbour South Division, told RJR News .
He said everyone on the boat was rescued and taken ashore.
Mr Warmington and some of the councillors who serve on the St. Catherine Municipal Corporation were already on the island when the mishap occurred.
The decision was then made to call off the festivities.
RJR News has been informed that the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) is likely to lead the investigation into the mishap. A police source told RJR News that, while the Marine Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force has an interest in the matter, the MAJ is the agency responsible for ensuring maritime safety. The source said the Marine Police will give assistance if requested.