One of Two Men Injured in a Boat Fire on Sunday has Died

One of two men injured in a boat fire on the morning of Sunday (August 18th), has succumbed to his injuries.

Andrew Lane, a Vincentian, who authorities say is approximately in his mid to late 30’s, died on Sunday afternoon while undergoing treatment at the Glendon Hospital.

Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Montserrat Police Service (RMPS), Charles Thompson confirmed Lane’s passing in a conversation with ZJB News on Monday (August 19th).  He said the RMPS has been in contact with their counterparts in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, who have notified the family of the deceased. 

An autopsy will also be carried out to ascertain the cause of death.  

The other man, whose name is not being released at this time, is also a national of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  He has been released from the Glendon Hospital and is assisting the RMPS.

RMPS Officers are continuing their investigations into the circumstances surrounding the fire on the vessel.

While patrolling in the Heliconia Star Police Vessel, early Sunday morning, officers spotted the boat on fire in waters between Montserrat and Nevis.

Upon arriving at the boat, the Officers rescued the two male occupants and took them to the Glendon Hospital for treatment.

Despite the circumstances, Mr. Thompson is full of praise for the work carried out by officers.  He said he’s thankful to the officers who would have done an exceptional job in the search and rescue operation, including officers on the ground who were providing support. 

The Deputy Commissioner said they also received assistance from the Maritime Search and Rescue Centre in Martinique, who were called and responded during the rescue operation.