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There have been three recent deaths in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), where tourists died while vacationing in the territory, and the BVI Tourist Board (BVITB) says that tourists should not be dissuaded from visiting the Islands by them.
Two of these deaths were drownings, while the circumstances surrounding the third are still unclear.
Police are currently investigating the death of Denise Regan—a female native of the United States of America who drowned after experiencing difficulties while swimming in the waters surrounding Cooper Island on December 30.
Her death came weeks after another American tourist drowned while on vacation in the BVI.
Dr. Joseph Horgan, a Cardiologist from the United States of America, was sailing around the territory on his yacht on December 20, when he reportedly fell overboard and drowned.
Marketing Manager of the BVI Tourist Board, Mr. Keith Dawson says that tourists should not be deterred from visiting the territory by these incidents, as they were not as a result of a disregard for safety.
“These deaths were unrelated and have no apparent connection to a disregard for safety,” he stated.
He went on to say, “There is a flag warning system in place for most of our beaches, but there is room for improvement.”
The Tourist Board Official says that while there is not a quick response system in place for these occurrences, the “Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR) and marine police assist with marine incidents.”