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Friday, November 11, 2011



The lovely Anse John Beach – a hidden rendezvous for family picnic – all of a sudden looked like the scene of a deadly plane crash with no survivors, and being visited by hundreds of curious onlookers from all parts of Choiseul/Saltibus.

At about, 8 PM, the news broke out that a minibus from Dugard Micoud loaded with passengers brushed passed “Aldine’s House” on top of a coastal cliff in Morne Sion, Choiseul and plunged unto the Anse John beach 120 ft below.
Where the tragedy happened.

The bus was returning to Dugard from Choiseul after a funeral; but detoured to Delcer to pay respects to the family of the deceased. They were driving down the Morne Sion Road heading south to Choiseul village when the bus did not make the left turn, careening over the cliff and landing straight onto the beach.

Upon arrival on the scene, three strewn bodies were seen on the beach being washed by the waves; two of them were apparently dead; but the third was showing signs of life. She was taken to the St. Jude's Hospital where she was pronounced dead upon arrival.

But it wasn’t until the capsized wreck - which was partially submerged by the wave action - was turned over that the full extent of the horror story was revealed. The first victim hoisted from the wreck was a lifeless, mutilated body of a two-year old boy wearing a white shirt and black pants. What followed thereafter deadened the human faculties and sensibilities beyond imagination, as a seemingly never-ending series of dead bodies were churned out of the wreck. They were all put to lay on the beach - side by side, one on top of each other! The final count was 18 + 1.

Emotional screams of sadness, grief, disbelief and pain filled the air. A gentleman from Gertrine reported to have lost his three kids in the nightmare.

Choiseul -  and St. Lucia at large - is now in a state of deep mourning.


  1. I am sadden. May the souls of those who died rest in peace. I pray for the families who lost their loved ones that the Holy Spirit will comfort and strengthen them now and always.

    Catherine Faucher Pierre-Leonce.
    United Kingdom

  2. Not pursuing a political agenda here but I've learnt that Lorne & his team were amongst the folks rushing to the site and getting there early. It is indeed commendable the effort put in by them to help and attempt to save lives albeit the tragedy had already occurred.

    In the dark cold waves they helped emergency personnel get the lifeless bodies out. Lorne called in to a radio program on at the time and the sadness in his voice was evident.

    He encouraged St. Lucians to love each other and let that be their greatest mandate. He asked that we all reach out to the families and friends of those affected.

    I do extend condolences to the families and friends of those affected especially that of these young one who didn't make it.

    Well done Mr. Lorne Theophilus and your team for putting your personal gain aside and demonstrating such a great level of love for your fellow men.

  3. May they all rest in perfect peace. Such a very tragic day!

  4. omg good he must have had no brake, howcould he not make the turn,this so sad.. I have 5 yooung ones alas that tha could have been them god is good my condolences the families left to mourn!

  5. Prayers and condolences to the bereaved families and loved ones. May the souls of the faithfully departed rest in peace. Amen. May the Lord strengthen the families and the nation, during this great loss.

    Barbara Cotter and family

  6. My greatest and sincere condolences goes out to all the victims family,...may God truely confort you in your time of mourning

  7. My deepest condolences to the families of this tragic incident. May the Spirit of Peace be an instrument of healing to the family. May God truly grant them comfort during this severe period of bereavement. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. RIP.

    Myriam St. Marie
    Bronx, New York
    Daughter from Dugard, Choiseul
    November 11, 2011

  8. May God comfort the comfortless and the Holy Spirit continue to be at their side always. I do not know but I understand pain and loss children and love ones is more than one can bear. Deepest condolences to all families. Mourn with those who mourn and weep with those who weep, that's the word of God, as the community and the nation weep, let us reflect on our lives and be prepared for tomorrow is promised to no one, Amen.

    Denis family
    Queens, New York

  9. How sad to hear this story...what a loss!! My condolences to the families who have suffered this loss.

  10. My heart goes out to the family and friends for a terrible lost my prayers are with you'll .may their souls rest in peace

  11. Oh my god!!!!!! My prayers are with all the family and friends.............
    Okezie cetoute

  12. Sincere condolences to the family and friends of all those who lost their lives. Very saddened. May the Lord have mercy on us all.

  13. I am so saddened by this tragedy. I can't comprehend. I pray that their souls rest in peace. My condolences go out to the families. God bless you and strengthen you in this time.

  14. My prayers go out to all the families at this time. May God continue to strengthen you everyday. Time will heal especially remembering the good times you spent with your departed love ones. Rest in peace.

  15. My condolences and prayers to out to all of St. Lucia on this terrible tragedy. To the families who lost loved ones, may God give you strenght to go on living and someday find solace.I'm sure we in the Caribbean feel your unspeakable grief. RIP to the departed.

  16. My sincerest condolences goes out to the family and friends of the victims...My prayers are with the Family...Blessings!
    Charmaine USA

  17. My thoughts and prayers are with the families who have lost there love one in this unfortunate tragedy. May they find peace knowing that God is with them now and always

    Toronto Canada