The Triton


Yacht bosun drowns on St. Thomas in Virgin Islands


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.

About Lucy Chabot Reed

Lucy Chabot Reed is publisher and founding editor of The Triton.

View all posts by Lucy Chabot Reed →

Related Articles

Giving back gives crew a sense of community, even when at sea

Giving back gives crew a sense of community, even when at sea

One of the things I love most about being land-based now after 20 years at sea is the opportunity to get involved in my community. When I worked on yachts, I reached a stage where I was tired of …

FLIBS17: MHG Superheroes party

FLIBS17: MHG Superheroes party

Dozens of industry pros turned out in their alter egos last night for MHG Insurance’s annual boat show party, this time to the theme of Superheroes. Photos/Lucy

KVH offers training videos

Rhode Island-based KVH Industries introduced two safety and security videos at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show to address the regulations facing this sector of the maritime …

Antenna reaches hotspots

UK-based Digital Yacht has launched the WL450, a self-contained hi-power wi-fi antenna that allows boat owners to access the Internet through hotspots up to four miles away.Launched at the …

World is limitless for deck and stew

World is limitless for deck and stew

Many a yacht drama includes a deckhand, a stew and a boat. This one started on M/Y Limitless, the 316-foot Lurssen where Deckhand Jordan Wicht and Stew Desiree Golen met. But the set has changed. …

Promotions don’t automatically endow leadership skills

As leaders move up through the ranks, their role becomes less about their specific technical skills and more about how well they’re able to grow their people and get them to work together as a team …