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Yacht bosun drowns on St. Thomas in Virgin Islands

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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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12 thoughts on “Yacht bosun drowns on St. Thomas in Virgin Islands

  1. Wayne

    Condolences on the loss of your ships mate. The ocean is very powerful. Back in the late 70’s a rogue wave nearly sunk my boat why anchoring on outer Brass. I though me and my family would not make it. Thankfully it was only one wave. May he rest in peace.

  2. Angela

    I’m so sorry to hear this. This is definitely a nightmare. Be safe out there everyone and take care of each other!

  3. Jeannette

    My kid brother died there in1986 when a big wave came. I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s a beautiful but deadly spot.

  4. Sherry

    So tragic. So sorry to hear about this and my sincere condolences to his family and friends.

  5. Steve Barendregt

    Nathan. This has hit me so very hard and I miss you already more than even I can understand. I know you want me to just move on but I want you to know how much we love you and how much I wanted to share more time together. I treasure our time and I want you to find your way back to the shores of Rockhaven Point my friend. Break free Nathan. Wings of an Angel Nathan. Until we meet again.

  6. marilyn bromley

    Nathan will be missed by so many friends at home in Orillia, Canada. He popped in and out of town, telling us his adventures and always taking the time to touch base with old friends. He was a sweet young man, with a joie de vivre that was appreciated by all who knew him. I’m glad to have known him on his short, but full life on this earth. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” I believe he had many of those moments. See you on the flipside.oxox

  7. Robert Buchar

    i did not know Nathan but I send my greatest condolences to his family and friends… I am truly sorry for your lose.

    Robert Buchar
    Chiefengineer M/Y Lady J

  8. Dave Bean

    We did not know Nathan, but he was a fellow sailor… and when a fellow sailor crosses the bar on his final voyage, we all lose a valued family member. RIP Nathan.

    Condolences to his family and to the Captain & Crew of M/Y Lady Sheridan

    Dave & Desiree Bean
    S/V Majestic Spirit

  9. Darcy Narraway

    Sincerest condolences to Nathan’s family, captain and crew. There are no words for your loss, especially so young. Strength and peace to you all.

  10. Brad Kean

    Sail beyond the sunset and the baths of all the western stars my friend. Touch those happy isles. You were a true friend, one I shall never again see the like of. It was my honour to have called you brother. Rest easy Nathan. Your next adventure awaits.

    Until we meet again.

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