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Turks and Caicos Fishing Boat Sinks

Turks and Caicos Fishing Boat Sinks

Deep sea fishing Turks and Caicos

Deep sea fishing Turks and Caicos

RIP S.S. Gwendolyn

Turks and Caicos Fishing Boat Sinks

July 31, 2019

It is with deep sadness we inform you that, due to a catastrophic and combined mechanical failure, the famous and much beloved “Gwendolyn” began taking on water on her way for servicing at the Caicos Marina & Shipyard on the southern side of Providenciales. Despite tremendous efforts to save her, for the safety of the crew the decision was made to abandon ship. Gwendolyn sank off the coast of Providenciales. Thankfully, all crew was safely returned to shore. All scheduled trips and tours are currently suspended. We apologize for any inconvenience to our guests.

Thankfully nobody was hurt…there were no guests aboard at the time actually, just two crew members.   We were experiencing some engine issues the day before and a bilge pump had ceased operating as well.  We had temporarily repaired the bilge pump and decided the best was to move the vessel to the Shipyard to have the boat hauled out and perform any necessary repairs.  We did not think there was any serious issues wrong. The engine issue meant we could not perform any tours and could only operate one engine.   I told the crew to have our other vessel shadow them in case there were any issues.  Due to the tides we had to go around the West side of the island over Northwest point through deep water.  When the rounded the point the water was quite a bit rougher, the bilge pumps ceased operating due to an electrical fault we believe, and the heavy wave action resulted in significant water ingress.  Due to the water ingress, our remaining engine quit and remaining bilge pumps quit as well.  Since it was in deep water and there was no chance of beaching the vessel, the Captain had to make the decision to abandon ship.  Fortunately our safety protocols were set up and the shadow vessel was able to pick up the crew and safely return to port.

It was still a traumatizing event for the crew, however.

We are actively working on a replacement vessel and expect to be operational as soon as possible.  Please watch our website and social media channels for operations.

 

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