UPDATE: Victim of boat explosion in Marigot identified

Ruford Joseph

Police have identified the victim of a fatal explosion which occurred at Marigot on Friday afternoon as Ruford Joseph.

Joseph died as a result of the explosion in a boat which he is said to have been repairing at the Marigot Fisheries Complex.

The police have not yet issued an official statement regarding the cause of the explosion.

DNO will bring more information as soon as it becomes available.




The boat in which the explosion occurred (photos provided by the police)



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  1. Dominca Massive
    September 23, 2018

    Sad situation, my condolences to the family

  2. Broken
    September 22, 2018

    Condolences to the family and friends of funky. What a way to go. Freak accident. The fishers will surely miss your slow driving out and in on the complex on the bay. You never speeded took your precious time too go and come back. Eternal rest grant unto you, and let perpetual light shine upon you may you rest in peace.

  3. Marigot
    September 22, 2018

    This man was very quiet and neat, I used to admire him. Rip sir

    • DA Fails
      September 22, 2018

      Smh, sad. Always sad to see a hardworking man go

  4. Dinrick Alexander
    September 22, 2018

    Before one of those innocent kids die on these scooters they need to jail these guys riding around with one and two little children so recklessly on our bad roads..Boiiii that’s a very serious concern.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      September 22, 2018

      What does the explosion in a  boat have to do with reckless riding around on a scooter?

      I suspect escaping gasoline fumes ignited causing the explosion:  This should be a lesson to those people driving with leaking gas tanks. The last time I visited in Wesley a certain fellow drove an old pick-up truck using a gallon pan for his gasoline tank with a bit of rubber hose leading to the carburetor.

      Funny thing is the pan filled with Gasoline was located behind his back fumes from the gas making contact with an arc could have blown us into oblivion. That person is one of my nephews; I had to inform him that a gallon of gasoline has a greater explosion potential than a stick of dynamite! 

    • Kermit
      September 22, 2018

      Lol ebeh you far away from that topic papa.

  5. Pedro Karam
    September 22, 2018

    wonder what he was fishing for wiff dem two Mako 200 Horse power outboard engines

    • Dr. Luv007
      September 22, 2018

      The same thing you use to fish for by selling cars way more than they worth, Money. Is just that Peter he was a black gard working man, not a masa like you. Do you find that’s the best thing to say at this time.

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        September 24, 2018

        You know; I am going to defend Peter; because you are talking crap. When Peter import a motor vehicle, the taxes and duty has to be added to CIF value, then a markup is added, from that markup he is able to provide employment to Dominicans.

        To cut this crap short: one time I saw him advertise some vehicle; when I compare the cost  in America to what  Peter were selling them for in Dominica, they were far more expensive here in America than in Dominica.

        If you term Peter Karam a “massa” I count you to be someone with an inferior complex!

        Shut up you do not know what you are talking about!

    • Gem
      September 22, 2018

      Mind your business.

  6. Marigotgirl
    September 22, 2018

    What a tragic way to go. May his Soul Rest in Peace. Quiet and soft spoken that’s all I remember of this man from the village. Condolences to the family.

  7. Marigotgirl
    September 22, 2018

    What a tragic way to go. May his Soul Rest in Peace. Quiet and soft spoken that’s all I remember of this man from the village.

  8. Bring back the kidnapped parrots
    September 22, 2018

    Gas fumes, a common cause of fires and explosions aboard boats caused by a leaking hose and a short in the electrical system.

  9. Ibo France
    September 22, 2018

    This is so sad. Heart-felt condolences to the family of Mr. Joseph. He died just engaging in tough work trying to earn a honest living. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

  10. Blessings or Curses?
    September 21, 2018

    These days Dominicans are dying in strange ways, whether is in car accidents, tropical storm, hurricane, flood, by gun shot, stabbed, baby dying in fire, drowning, boat explosion you name it, as if we are living under a spell or under some curse. Yes I know these things are happening arround the world and happened in Dominica before but, certainly the last three years we have seen a frightening increase in such a small country and one has to wonder if we are enjoying God’s blessing or his wrath. I think it’s the later and we better do what we need to do to reverse the curse. We are like when the children of Israel we’re dying and the more they prayed the more they died until they found out it was because of the sins of Acan. As soon as he was judged by the people, the curse was lifted. It’s time to deal with our Achan to lift the curse over Dominica according to Skerrit last week, we can’t afford more. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

    • Lisad
      September 22, 2018

      What strange ways? These are ways people die. We are not all going to die of old age…My sympathies to the victim’s family

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