Update: Body Identified As Bongo

Javon Liburd, Staff Reporter | 7 Opinions
Published: July 11, 2017 6:43 pm AST
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The body found at sea yesterday morning, July 15, has been identified to be that of Deshaun ‘Bongo’ Bryan. This was confirmed by the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force.

Bongo went missing last week, July 11, after him and another male allegedly jump out of a 24” speedboat, into the sea, before it overturned.

The other male was rescued, but Bongo could not be found.

After three days of a search mission carried out by the Virgin Islands Search and Rescue Team and the Marine Unit of the RVIPF, Bongo's body was found drifting further down the channel from where he had originally jumped.

Police are currently investigating the details of the mishap.

Previous Article Published July 15 - Body Found At Sea

The Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR) has informed BVI Platinum News that a body was found at sea early this morning, July 15.

Phil Aspinall, representative at VISAR, stated that both the rescue team and the Marine Unit of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force attended to a call, received earlier this morning, noting that a body was seen.

The call came from Speedy’s Ferry Service, who spotted the body while travelling between the islands.

Aspinall noted that the body has not been identified as yet, but it is believed to be that of Deshaun ‘Bongo’ Bryon, who went missing at sea earlier this week, July 11.

Aspinall also noted that the body was found further down the channel from where the incident occurred and the searches were being carried out.

More information to come.

Previous Story Published July 15 - Update: Search Continues For Bongo

The search for Deshaun ‘Bongo’ Bryon continues, after he went missing at sea on July 11.

Both the Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR) team and the Marine Unit of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) have been at sea some four days now, in search of the missing man.

Phil Aspinall, a representative at VISAR, informed BVI Platinum News that the man has not been found and the search will continue.

BVI Platinum News also understands that family members are conducting their own private search at sea for Bongo.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Previous Article Published July 11- Update: Men Jumped Overboard Before Boat Flipped; One Still Missing

Following investigations into a boating incident yesterday, July 11, police have revealed that the two men on board at the time, allegedly jumped from the vessel into the sea, just before the 24' speedboat overturned.

The incident occurred in the Sir Francis Drake channel.

One of the men was rescued from sea, and was treated for minor injuries at Peebles Hospital. He has since been discharged.

The other man, popularly known as Bongo, is still missing.

BVI Platinum New spoke with VISAR’s representative, Phil Aspinall, who disclosed that an early morning search, executed by VISAR, in collaboration with Police Force, did not result in the find of the missing man.

Aspinall noted that the search will continue into this afternoon.

The search began late yesterday afternoon and ended late last night for the missing boater.

Police investigations are ongoing.

Previous Article Published July 11- Update: Man Still Missing In Sea Mishap

The search continues for a man, who was tossed from a boat at sea earlier today, July 11.

Phil Aspinall of VISAR, informed BVI Platinum News that the search for the missing man was paused for the night, and will resume early in the morning.

VISAR has also requested assistance from the United States Coast Guard, for aerial coverage of the sea and shores.

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force has also confirmed that the man is still missing.

Earlier today, two men were involved in the boating incident, where their boat flipped, resulting in them being thrown from the boat.

VISAR managed to rescue one of the men, but the other is yet to be found.

The man who was found was transported to the Peebles Hospital for medical attention. The extent of his injuries are unknown at this point.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Previous Article Published July 11 - Boat Flips At Sea

The Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR) has deployed a team, to attend to a boat that flipped at sea today, July 11.

VISAR's representative, Phil Aspinall confirmed the incident, noting that one person was already pulled from the sea, and their search continues.

He noted that the accident occurred in the channel close to the western end of Peter Island.

Information reaching BVI Platinum News indicates that the vessel was occupied two persons.

The boat was reportedly heading to Willy T.

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