Osley Scott death ruled ‘by misadventure’

Civilians helped recover body from sea

Osley Glayman Scott, 70, died on 20 March, 2010, after going fishing by himself in his 10-foot boat.  

A Coroner’s Jury determined last month that Mr. Scott’s death was by misadventure after they heard from Dr. Shavana Jyoti that the physical cause of death was drowning in sea water. 

The government pathologist said he found no underlying medical conditions. Tests for alcohol and drugs were negative.  

Abrasions and bruises on Mr. Scott’s body were probably sustained in the process of washing onto the reef, he told the jury and Queen’s Coroner Eileen Nervik. 

Mr. Ervin Rivers said Mr. Scott frequently fished off Sand Hole Road, West Bay, where Mr. Rivers lived.  

That morning he saw Mr. Scott alone in his boat, about 150 feet from the reef. The water was choppy.  

Around 1.30pm, he did not see Mr. Scott and thought he had gone down to the Turtle Farm area because the tide had started to turn and the water started to get rough. 

Carolyn Ebanks, who lives in the same area, later saw something reddish bouncing on the water.  

She called her brother and they went to the shore. He confirmed it was a boat upside down. They did not see anyone in the water and called police. 

Senior Detective Constable Gregory Banks said he was called around 3.30pm to be part of a search and rescue operation after the boat sighting was reported. Attached to the Air Operations Unit, he travelled in the helicopter piloted by Jerome Begot. Officers aboard a marine vessel advised them of a drift to the northwest, so they followed it for about two miles. 

They then turned back and did a slow search about 100 yards from shore.  

Around some coral heads, Mr. Banks said, he observed the body of an elderly man face down in the water, under the surface. The marine vessel was informed and the helicopter hovered over the spot until three males swam out from shore to the body, with instructions from the marine unit. 

The three men were Elvis Watler, David Ebanks and Edrick (no surname available). 

A summary of the incident shared with jurors indicated that Mr. Scott could not swim and his wife always told him not to go out alone.