The Triton

Editor's Pick

Deckhand on M/Y Lady Sara dies in Monaco

ADVERTISEMENT

Deckhand Brandon Fisher, known as Six Seven to the crew on M/Y Lady Sara, died Sept. 26 in Monaco. He was being treated for tonsillitis, but the cause of his death has been undetermined pending an autopsy. He was 21.

Mr. Fisher’s mother, Patty Fisher of Olympia, Washington, said he had been sick with a cold and was under a doctor’s care. Before his death he texted her that he felt bad, but was better, she said, and that he wanted to get back to work with his crew during the Monaco Yacht Show. He was part of the crew that would be named Best Charter Crew on yachts over 50m at Fraser’s annual awards dinner two days later.

“His bunkmate said Brandon tried to get up, but he was told to rest,” Ms. Fisher said by phone from Monaco, where she was handling her son’s affairs.

“Forty-five minutes later his bunkmate heard odd noises of Brandon trying to breathe,” she said. “The crew did CPR, put the paddles on and got a medic. He had no allergies we know of.”

Joel Antoinette was a rotational chief engineer on Lady Sara, a 187-foot Trinity, when he first met Mr. Fisher. He said people frequently asked the deckhand how tall he was.

“Almost before they finished their question, Brandon would respond ‘6-foot-7,’ with a big smile like the big, gentle giant he was,” Antoinette wrote in an email. “Like he could never be asked enough times and never got tired of answering.”

That’s how he got the nickname, Six Seven, Antoinette said.

“It just caught on all around the boat, like his name had always been Six Seven,” Antoinette said. “It sounded good on the radios, too. ‘6-7, 6-7, what’s your 20? Over.’”

A photo of Deckhand Brandon Fisher at Chateau de Nice posted in early September on Facebook. PHOTO ON FACEBOOK.COM

Mr. Fisher had worked on the yacht since March of 2016. The crew, led by Capt. Scott Barsin, dedicated the Fraser award to him, and many of the crew held photographs of him for the ceremony photo shoot. They also dressed the yacht with signal flags that read, “In Memory of Brandon Fisher 9/26/2017”.

Stew Shannon Jones created, “In the Spirit of Brandon Fisher” as a memorial to Mr. Fisher on Facebook. She wrote that yacht crew “become family, through the good and the bad, you tease and fight like siblings. Sadly, on September 26th, we lost our brother.”

She said that he was the nicest guy she ever met and had the pleasure to work with.

“I always told him he was the little brother I never had, and he really was,” Jones wrote. “He knew just how to push my buttons and annoy me, yet I couldn’t last more than five minutes without laughing. He really is a model example of how to live your life. He was nice to everyone he met, never questioned authority, and lived in a constant awe – just wanting to know and do more.”

Mr. Fisher was drawn to the water and loved to fish since he was 3 years old, his mother said. During high school in Washington, he volunteered at hatcheries with the goal of being a charter fishing guide and he had a summer job as a deckhand on a charter fishing boat in Alaska. He had earned a captain’s licence and his STCW when he decided to head to Fort Lauderdale, where he found daywork on M/Y Pure Insanity and M/Y Checkmate.

“He wanted to get to warm water,” his mother said. “He got on a plane, went to a crew house and had work. I didn’t even know he knew how to make plane reservations. He really spread his wings.”

Click for a fundraising page posted by his family.

Dorie Cox is editor of The Triton. Comments are welcome below.

 

Related Posts...
Capt. Jim O‘Neill of S/Y Dance Smartly died on Feb. 5. Read more...
Update: Feb. 19, 2018 By Dorie Cox Donald M. Patton, Read more...
By Dorie Cox Tony Hambrook, former managing director of Alloy Read more...
Former yacht engineer Alexander Michael Hickey, who had recently seen Read more...
By Dorie Cox Eng. James "Jimmy" Cascella died Dec. 7 Read more...

Share This Post

About Dorie Cox

Dorie Cox is editor of The Triton.

View all posts by Dorie Cox →

3 thoughts on “Deckhand on M/Y Lady Sara dies in Monaco

  1. J

    Brandon was an incredible young man that I had the pleasure of meeting on more than one occasion. He will be missed by so very many people.

  2. Judith W Hughes

    “The word ‘loss’ isn’t big enough. There should be an altogether different word for the grief of losing a child, a word that takes weeks, months, years to pronounce. It might take a whole lifetime to get to the last syllable.” ~ Sy Safransky (The SUN Magazine: July, 2004)

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please answer the question below to leave a comment. * Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Editor’s Picks

R/V Petrel finds another WWII ship

R/V Petrel finds another WWII ship

The research team of yacht owner and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has found another World War II ship. According to Allen's website, …

Crowds ride into the night at Sunrise Harbor Marina 2018

Crowds ride into the night at Sunrise Harbor Marina 2018

Yacht captains and crew and professionals from the industry mingled over food and beverages at Sunrise Harbor Marina's annual appreciation …

Captain arrested in guest death in propeller accident

Update: April 13 Captain arrested in charter guest death in propeller accident in Miami The captain of a yacht involved in a fatal …

Triton Expo No. 20 draws record crowd

Triton Expo No. 20 draws record crowd

More than 750 yacht captains, crew and industry gathered on the grounds of The Sails last night for the 20th edition of Triton Expo, a …