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Yacht bosun drowns on St. Thomas in Virgin Islands

18 Dec 2014

Bosun Nathan Francisty of M/Y Lady Sheridan drowned Saturday afternoon while he was swimming with some of his crew mates in St. Thomas, USVI. He was 28.

About half of the 15-member crew spent their day off together at Peterborg Point, a tidal pool at the tip of Megans Bay, when a large wave crashed into the pool. His crew mates were unable to rescue him.

“This was not reckless, there was no alcohol, no foul play; it was a few crew members who had rented scooters out for a relaxing day after a transit from Ft. Lauderdale to St. Thomas to do some swimming and sunbathing,” Capt. Keith Moore said this morning. “It’s the worst nightmare any yacht and crew can go through. Crew are family with each other, and those in the industry can understand the impact this has on a crew.”

Mr. Francisty was hired on the 190-foot Lady Sheridan two months ago after stints on M/Y Azteca 2, S/Y Takapuna and M/Y Kimberly. From Ontario, Canada, he also spent time volunteering with two youth organizations in Barrie, Ontario.

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