Jannelle Decasseres and Edith Betsha died after the boat they were travelling in from Port Royal to Lime Cay on a family pleasure trip, developed problems and the owner could not manage to remove the water that had started to cause the boat to sink. He was unable to bail out the water and the passengers were not able to help him, even though his hand was not well, due to the pain caused by arthritis.
There were 13 passengers on the boat and it was not licensed, the captain was arrested and charged, but he was granted station bail and he will be going to court soon, even though he is now feeling very sorry for what happened. He says he asked the women to stay calm when they began screaming and he gave them life vests. He didn’t think anyone would die, because he has been transporting persons with his boat for many years.
He encouraged the women and other passengers to swim to a nearer island as Lime Cay was too far from where they were. Some of the passengers were rescued by the Marine Police, but there were two passengers who were in distress. CPR was administered and then the unresponsive passengers were rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.