“Boyceterous” cruise ends in disaster

A pleasure cruise by over 30 people almost turned tragic in the wee hours of this morning, when the boat sank in the waters just off the capital, Bridgetown.

Officials say the vessel, operated by Boyceterous Catamaran Cruises, ran into difficulty sometime after 1 a.m. Sunday, after setting sail on Saturday evening.

However, it took at least an hour before the Coast Guard arrived.

By then the mood of patrons, who came out for an all night party from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., had changed. The anxiety and discomfort of drifting away the night on a hapless vessel soon turned into full blown panic, as the boat capsized and sank, while under tow, throwing its screaming occupants overboard.


REMM9859It was quick action by all official parties involved that ensured all 35 occupants made it back to shore safe.

Owner Shawn Morris

In the end, only one female complained of injuries. However, none was said to be life threatening. She mainly suffered bruises and a fractured arm.

“It was a very frightening experience. Thank God there was no loss of life,” said owner of the cruise business Shawn Morris.

“We managed to rescue everybody,” he said, revealing that a senior police officer with a boat participated in the rescue, along with Coast Guard officials.


Morris, who spoke to Barbados TODAY as the grounded vessel was seen washing ashore close to Trevor’s Way on Sunday morning around 8 a.m., said the entire episode was still a mystery.

“At first we thought it was engine failure, but then it [the catamaran] started to take in water, so it is all very baffling at this stage,” he said.

With the destruction of his only vessel, Morris is estimating financial losses in the region of $200 000 for his three-year-old business, which he said already had cruises booked up to September this year.

He however reported that the boat was fully insured and said he would be seeking to recover as quickly as possible.


52 Responses to “Boyceterous” cruise ends in disaster

  1. Matie Siew
    Matie Siew April 26, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Praise god everyone is safe and alive ……

  2. Matie Siew
    Matie Siew April 26, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Praise god everyone is safe and alive ……

  3. Adrian Richards
    Adrian Richards April 26, 2015 at 10:11 am

    This needs to be vigorously investigated…

    • Karon Phillips
      Karon Phillips April 26, 2015 at 10:15 am

      I’ve heard a similar story late last year….wondering if its the same catamaran

  4. Paula Jane Wnbf Pro
    Paula Jane Wnbf Pro April 26, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Focus on the positive people – no one died.

  5. Sharon Went Alleyne
    Sharon Went Alleyne April 26, 2015 at 10:25 am

    For those of you who know the sea, the boat would have reported it’s location but it would have drifted with the tides. An hour is not that long to scramble the coast guard to a rescue, especially if they were doing drug patrols on the other side of the island.
    Grateful that no lives were lost,

  6. Jean Rycroft
    Jean Rycroft April 26, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Wow! They were very lucky!

  7. Mhizz Strange
    Mhizz Strange April 26, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Thank God everyone made it back safe

  8. Nicole Jones
    Nicole Jones April 26, 2015 at 10:59 am

    The most important thing is that everyone is safe..God is good

  9. Terry Clarke
    Terry Clarke April 26, 2015 at 11:25 am

    I am happy that it all ended with no life lost.

  10. Buddy Love
    Buddy Love April 26, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    No disrespect to God but what about those people who did help and saved these lives. Its the same with Doctors etc. No one says, Thanks to the firemen or the policeman. People you need to see what is in front of your eyes and stop worshiping an invisble God that has been passed down through slavery.Nuff said.

  11. Valarie Rock
    Valarie Rock April 26, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Thank you Jesus!

  12. Javan Cook
    Javan Cook April 26, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Well guess who’s staying on land from today!!

  13. Edward April 26, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    How many vessels are on standby and or manned at night? Would it take a vessel one(1) hour from coastguard H.Q.,by the flour mill to Trevors way? just questions. are they any answers?

  14. Andy Lashley
    Andy Lashley April 26, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    No one died and all some people can see is the negative!!!!! Good job to all involved in the rescue operation!!!!!! Locating one catamaran in the sea at night in just 1hr well done……….

  15. Wendy Odle-Harvey
    Wendy Odle-Harvey April 26, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Thank you Lord,no lives were lost.

  16. Diane Cummins
    Diane Cummins April 26, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Because someone points out that it took a WHOLE hour for the Coast Guard to get there does not mean that s/he is ignoring the positives like the fact that no-one died. But it should not have taken them an hour to get there – Barbados is a very small island.

  17. dwayne jordan April 26, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Who inspects the safety of boats registered here?

    Ive spoken with this owner of boat,,he’s a calm down to earth guy, from the brief convo we had.

  18. Shirley Haynes-Johnson
    Shirley Haynes-Johnson April 26, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    We must thank God no lives were lost

  19. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce April 26, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Wow! WE must give Jah thanks and praise for all those involved.

  20. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce April 26, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Wow! WE must give Jah thanks and praise for all those involved.

  21. Divine Duchess
    Divine Duchess April 26, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Omg i think i would have panicked and died 3times smh. Fear is a killer im telling ya. Glad everyone survived kudos to the CG…

  22. Robert Holloway
    Robert Holloway April 26, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    All saved, that is what matters , especially at night ,,,, the why will come out as investigation happens

  23. Michele Brown
    Michele Brown April 26, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Glad they are all safe and thankful. Good work to the coast guards for a timely rescue 1 hour with darkness of the night and drifting of strong waves truly a miracle that all survived. I’m sure for those involved that hour seemed like 10.

  24. Jus Me April 26, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    New Boat?? 200,grand for that piece a whatever.

    Anybody seen pictures of it normal.
    If so yuh would pay 200,000$ for it??

    Musta bin struck by Jewish Lightnin LOL

  25. Steve L Murray
    Steve L Murray April 26, 2015 at 7:02 pm


  26. Jodi Moosberger-Springer
    Jodi Moosberger-Springer April 26, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    So glad no deaths. Glad all safe

  27. GoodGirl GoneBad
    GoodGirl GoneBad April 26, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    Chantal Alleyne

  28. Olive Sukul
    Olive Sukul April 27, 2015 at 12:15 am

    I thought those type of boats were the best for safety.

  29. Lynette Filipov
    Lynette Filipov April 27, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Scary. Glad they all made it back safely.

  30. Shanda Callender
    Shanda Callender April 27, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Kwame Ramz this cud uh been us bro!

  31. Spinelli April 27, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Thank You Bajan Princess, I totally agree with you. Just as you don’t see electricity, but you flip the switch and you get light. You can’t see the wind but you feel the cool breeze on your face. May buddy love see the light.


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