38-foot boat capsizes off West Bay

Police rescued two men before dawn Saturday after their boat capsized off North West Point in West Bay. 

The Joint Marine Unit received a distress call at 4:15 a.m. from two Bodden Town men, ages 26 and 32, who said they were about five miles off North West Point, according to police spokeswoman Jacqueline Carpenter. 

The men told police their 38-foot Panga boat had engine trouble and was taking on water, Ms. Carpenter stated in a press release. 

According to the release, the boat had capsized by the time the police boat reached the scene an hour later, and the men were sitting on the hull. 

“Neither required medical attention,” the police spokeswoman noted. 

She said a 55-gallon drum of fuel likely spilled into the water. A fuel slick can be seen in images taken from the police helicopter later in the day. 

A harbor patrol boat towed the stricken Panga back to shore Saturday. 

Snorkeler rescued off Spotts 

An 18-year-old woman got into difficulties while snorkeling on the reef off Spotts Beach around 4 p.m. Sunday. 

The police helicopter responded while passers-by on paddleboards helped the George Town woman to safety, according to Ms. Carpenter. 

The woman was unharmed, the police spokeswoman said. 

“There’s definitely some choppiness there,” she noted, “especially when the seas are rough.” 

Boat stolen  

West Bay police are searching for a 25-foot Cobia boat stolen late Sunday or early Monday from the dock behind Admiral’s Retreat at Drake Quay in West Bay. 

The white boat, with the name “Amanzi” near the bow on both sides, was discovered missing at 5:30 a.m. Monday. The boat has twin Yamaha engines and a center console. 

A 38-foot Panga boat capsized five miles off North West Point before dawn Saturday.


  1. At least we have one patrol boat in operational order.It appears to be very modern and well equipped (4 powerful outboard engines, radar, spacious enclosed cabin etc), so I hope this one will be well looked after.

  2. Why there would be a 55-gallon drum of fuel on board. Where were they going and what was their cargo or intended cargo that they needed more fuel than their vessel carried in their tanks?