UPDATE: Authorities investigate Coast Guard Base fire

Bowdel
Bowdel

Authorities are investigating a fire which occurred at the Coast Guard Base early Friday morning.

According to PRO of the Fire and Ambulance Services, Wayne Letang, the fire department responded to a call of a boat on fire at the the Coast Guard Base in Fond Cole at about 2:30 am on Friday.

“On arrival on the scene officers met an open keel boat constructed of fiberglass and ply board measuring about 26 feet on fire,” he said.

Letang said the fire was brought under control by officers.

He further stated that the boat had the registration number G7132PMH and was named Bowdel.

“The boat was parked in the Coast Guard Base,” he revealed.

Letang said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

DNO has confirmed that the boat “Bowdel” is the main exhibit in a court matter involving a drug bust which occurred on July 12 in the community of Stowe in the south of the island.

Three Dominicans have been charged in connection with the case and were denied bail when they appeared in court on Thursday.

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106 Comments

  1. the hypcocrites
    July 22, 2013

    but obviously who could enter the coast guard yard unless is one of the police that do it who else could have entrance to the coast guard yard ppl think before you talk and all the other boat had fuel and one alone that lite fire how is that possible smh but them police think they smart lol

  2. Da Real Trouble
    July 22, 2013

    Bowdel + Bowdel = More Bowdel

  3. hmmmmm
    July 20, 2013

    pm n blackmore plzz fix mahaut station and secure the men better than that…

  4. Yam Babawoolais
    July 20, 2013

    Well the trend of “Burn the evidence- Burn Burn just Burn” is at the door step of the police. When we spoke about setting precedent this is exactly what we meant. If our law enforcement had truly went after the arsonist who are parading as untouchables then maybe, just maybe these arsonists who burned the boat would not be so daring. Spare the punishment and give lattitude to criminals be it lawyers , drug , dealers, Sico Sekos ,Seko Sikos, Easy doors, hard Doors, etc.

  5. ?????
    July 20, 2013

    Well well well Dominicans, jury, judge,lawyers, investigators, police, detectives, CIA, FBI and even scottish guards.You name it, we have them all. Wonder why crime still go unsolve in DA when we seem to know it all.

  6. Justice and Truth
    July 20, 2013

    Anyway they were caught. Someone or some people tried to destroy evidence. I hope the police took pictures of it and its contents including fingerprints.

    Why were there not police or security surveillance? The boat should not have been left in an area where it could be destroyed by fire. The authorities are lax. It is foolhardy and negligence not to keep the area under surveillance.

  7. A
    July 19, 2013

    There is no way dem vincy still around once u get away is back home dem guys done reach back vincy

  8. Jack
    July 19, 2013

    inside job straight inside job!

  9. July 19, 2013

    Dominica is descending into pure kaos :-D

    • Malgraysa
      July 19, 2013

      Chaos my friend and not “kaos”. Please show at least that our teachers did not waste their time.

      • Yam Babawoolais
        July 20, 2013

        You are a troll. Seem like your teacher did not teach you saka zoorm”

  10. Observer
    July 19, 2013

    the authorities here must wake up. They cannot continue to fight crime using the same old legislation and strategy. the criminals are getting more daring and literally taking on the police, in similar fashion as we hear about in Mexico and other parts of Latin America. We cannot continue with a system where bail is denied in the Lower Court today, but an application in the High Court sets the accusers free the next day.

    we need to come of age. The police must get all the resources it require to fight organize crime. the laws have to be revised to make it difficult or impossible for Drug Dealers to get bail at the whims and fancy of attorneys who are seemingly un concerned about the presence of high crime master minds among us. Is it because of the money?

    Here is a call to change the laws, make the penalties more difficult, deny bail for those involved in drug traffficking and bring on a bail act so that high flying lawyers will not take advantage of the unsuspecting or don’t care jurists.

    • Justice and Truth
      July 20, 2013

      And granting them bail. Here is an opportunity to contact their friends to assist them in whatever they did not have time to do. This one is a typical example.

  11. Frank Talker
    July 19, 2013

    This drug business is a well-oiled organisation. The guys arrested came from Good Hope and Gradbay; the boat has a Possie registration; and now I hear Police looking for 2 Vincies. This kind of operation takes good communication and requires much loyalty. The Police is now required to think and operate like businessmen in order to intercept the criminals.

    • ?
      July 19, 2013

      COME ON POLICE… Get tougher with these criminals destroying our human resource.

  12. quiet_observer
    July 19, 2013

    I wonder if there are any “goods” stashed in the structure of the boat. Maybe upon closer examination discoveries will be made hence the need to burn the boat. Sometimes a second look reveals more than what originally meets the eye.

  13. Guombo
    July 19, 2013

    They must dismantle BOAT-HELL. There’s something hidden between the planks somewhere. Some evidence they are attempting to destroy. Put the BOAT-HELL inside and take it apart.

  14. mwe pah kah laffin
    July 19, 2013

    zorr…d/a turn real holywood…we make a movie…a deadly movie…but on a serious note lightning that do that man…(lol)…dangerous people inna dem trade there…from captain down to cook…corruption corruption and more corruption…who guarding the guard…how law can uphold when those who are being paid to do it that involve in more unlawful acts? that that is the bowdel

  15. July 19, 2013

    Good afternoon my people. The boat is physical evidence related to a drug case and it was being stored at the Coast Guard Base. Don’t the Police Department have a secure location where they can store their evidence which should be under twenty four Police guard to maintain the chain of custody of the evidence. I hope they took digital photographs of the boat when they recovered it. Anyway the boat isn’t the main evidence in the case rather its the cocaine so let us hope that the cocaine don’t disappear.

    • junior
      July 19, 2013

      who say that drug bust fad cocaine. read my people read, comprehend then talk

      • July 20, 2013

        Hello. This boat was recovered from a drug bust. I am sure that I read the previous article about this boat. DNO also said that in the lower portion of the article.

  16. D/ca to the bone(for
    July 19, 2013

    That is carelesness by the Dominica authority . A important piece of evidence like this should be better secured . Why was it not stored inside the base? This area is secured by the police where were they? This area should now be installed with CCTV.. this isa serious matter . the building could have been set on fire.

  17. yes sah
    July 19, 2013

    hahahah kkk have couple more free jams to do to raise dat money

  18. SkerritDoThat
    July 19, 2013

    What happening to Dominica? We used to be a peaceful friendly christian nation.

  19. July 19, 2013

    So you mean part of the evidence was tampered with within what should have been a secured environment ? Wow! Fishy ,fishy , fishy !!!

  20. July 19, 2013

    OC – burning evidence

    • dominica
      August 5, 2013

      what os the meaning of OC?

  21. Crabsoup
    July 19, 2013

    De boat burn down flat Bass, successfully flat.

  22. my word
    July 19, 2013

    This is cause for concern in this lovely island of ours.We cannot allow the drug dealers to win, the fight has to continue and the big heads must be eradicated now.

  23. hope
    July 19, 2013

    Interesting! The war on drug related crimes will continue in spite of …

  24. PAC
    July 19, 2013

    Voodoo at it’s best..what did they say: as long as voodoo is around they have nothing to worry about. God is good though.

    • Huh
      July 19, 2013

      what voodoo have to do with that? kerosine and a match is your idea of witchcraft? nonsence

      • PAC
        July 19, 2013

        My dear I’m just repeating what I heard from family. Don’t you find it strange that the only boat that got burnt is this particular one? In what is supposed to be a secured area?…hmmmm

  25. Anonymous
    July 19, 2013

    someone got paid,step up to hte plate pm.

  26. Tri-State Beauty
    July 19, 2013

    So because Bowdel burn la meme is a pay off to Coast Guard officials? It’s an inside job? Dominicans some of us are too scandalous with our tongues and fingers. Everybody is not looking for a pay off from drug dealers. These men risk life, limb and liberty day in and out to secure our waters and our island, yet instead of being thankful we wait in the slips and since something doesn’t suit us it’s a pay off, it’s an inside job. people can’t swim? Other scenarios can’t come into play? hmmmmm

    • ON MY OWN
      July 19, 2013

      when will we make sense

    • watch
      July 19, 2013

      de owners of the boat maybe know about the fire.if have two inside but the other one still outside.

    • MIA
      July 19, 2013

      That’s a Very Good point.

    • no wes pay e may
      July 20, 2013

      look at it from a sensible point of view. who has access to the coast guard base. Civilians are not allowed inside. the gate is always closed.

  27. RSXM
    July 19, 2013

    LOOK BOWEL PLENTY BOWDELL………..LOL

  28. Red-Antz
    July 19, 2013

    investigate the “guards”…….2:30 in the morning and that particular boat, “main exhibit in a court matter” on fire at the “coast guard base”??? somebody (a bigger head) fraid……trying to hide something??

    • ON MY OWN
      July 19, 2013

      what are u talking about try to make some sense

  29. Pondera
    July 19, 2013

    We are degenerating into an abyss that we won’t recover. Lawlessness breeds all sorts of corruption. Getting to destroy evidence in police hands? This is what we come to. These are the things that will hunt a corrupt nation. May God hear our prayer.

  30. king
    July 19, 2013

    I smell something fishy..

  31. Rasta man
    July 19, 2013

    Look bowdel..smfh we takin d drug trade 4 joke in d.a but dis thin is serious business real sin..fellas investin millions of dallas$$$ in dat an wud do any thin an pay anybody to ensure dr goods reach safe an deliver safe so anybody or anythin dat mite hinder dem or slow up d business wil definately go..watch out it gettin more serious

  32. Not a herd follower
    July 19, 2013

    DNO, why did you delete reference to the seizure of the boat in a drug raid by the police?

    • ..
      July 19, 2013

      It seems like once they doh like the comment, they deleting it, because this morning I too made a comment as to whether it was the same boat caught in Stowe, and up to now it haven’t appeared.

  33. Not a herd follower
    July 19, 2013

    It is unbelievable that the Coast Guard is so exposed. WE TAKE things for granted. WE ARE too laidback in this country. If the security apparatus of the State are so exposed, what confidence can we the general public have in the capacity of the security forces to protect us?

    • Not a herd follower
      July 19, 2013

      An investigation into the whole affair and the security arrangements at the Coast Guard and other critical security entities should immediately be conducted.

    • Helas!
      July 19, 2013

      You make so much sense, I hope the authorities upgrade the security. This little road should be closed and extend the Base with all side coverage and detections.

  34. Dca possie
    July 19, 2013

    …And say the economy is thriving when it’s drug money circulating.

  35. Malgraysa
    July 19, 2013

    Isn’t that the same boat seized last friday at Stowe (Grand Bay) in a marijuana bust and two St. Vincentians, allegedly involved still on the loose? Those coastguard guys better keep their eyes peeled (…I would hate to think someone on the inside is in collusion with the alleged traffickers!).

    • dominica
      August 5, 2013

      CHECK IN TASK FORCE

  36. Pardon
    July 19, 2013

    was there any lightning?????????? hehgehehhee

    • Programmer
      July 19, 2013

      Stupid comment. You think that is a joke?

  37. 2 cents
    July 19, 2013

    Your worship….THe evidence went up in flames. It was Done by john brown of Loubiere, we have him on tape throwing the molotov cocktail however after showing him the vedio he denied it, we have no case your worship since video isnt acceptable as evidence in court. LOL i waiting for that day.

  38. C.Hodge
    July 19, 2013

    look bowdel, plenty bowdel

  39. The maroon
    July 19, 2013

    :oops: Somebody had to go real underground or undercover to do that job

  40. ha
    July 19, 2013

    that will not destroy the evidence , THE BIG fish got away this time but his days are numbered

  41. Police
    July 19, 2013

    Hay hay hay they holding them now they putting fire Lord. The dealers gone bad

  42. B.E.B.
    July 19, 2013

    Well, well look bowdel. This is clearly an inside job

  43. just me
    July 19, 2013

    very fishy as one person said, now we around the world who read the news about the caribbean islands where one day would like to visit are seeing these types of things happening all over and now dominica being in the spotlight, what a shame. where is that base located, isnt there any security cameras?, arent the patrols?. when i read earlier this week about the caribbean weather there were lots of lightening storms, couldnt the folks who did that do it during or while there was lightening?, such dumm people. one could have said the fire started as a result of the lightening but it simple very clear to see that the folks who get themselves in these acts have no head. its sad, its sad, however hope this island which is full of nature get its way around that…

  44. hmmm
    July 19, 2013

    see d kind off pressure our law enforcers go through and the government playing hard to pay dem ppl …Mr.Prime Minister who protecting your country pay them well ..now tell me something whats going on in this country??????

    • Guombo
      July 19, 2013

      It’s not “his country!” damn it! it’s OUR country. He already think, and all you fools are making him feel like he owns the flipping place!!!

  45. riches
    July 19, 2013

    Money has POWER. They want it more than the dealers themselves

  46. Look it
    July 19, 2013

    It is the same boat from the Stowe drug bust. Fishy!!

  47. mindy
    July 19, 2013

    at least no one was harm,

  48. Dcauk
    July 19, 2013

    Hmmmm!!

  49. open mind
    July 19, 2013

    hmmm… bowdel on fire :-?

  50. Manicou
    July 19, 2013

    Hhhmmmm!! Isn’t that the same boat that was caught with over 1400+ pounds of an illegal substance in Stowe a few days ago? Interesting!!!

  51. Alas
    July 19, 2013

    ha ha very fishy in side de base and that de only boat dat got burnt. According to de boats name “look bowdel” somebody got paid big time. Inside job.

    • ONLY IN DA
      July 19, 2013

      very funny but true……look bowdel….lol

    • peter piper
      July 19, 2013

      :lol: Maybe it was firebombed from the sea….I does see plenty movies like that

      • ONLY IN DA
        July 19, 2013

        well look more bowdel

    • Cop
      July 19, 2013

      i totally agree, there is full surveillance on the base, lets see who the catch for this one.

    • Anonymous
      July 19, 2013

      So funny y is dat boat alone dat catch fire nice try people come better Dan dat and evil will Neva stop

  52. Bull Crap
    July 19, 2013

    Hmmmmm Somebody was burning evidence. cause i know boats dont just stay so and burst into flames…

    • July 19, 2013

      Of course evidence. Was not that boat involved in a catch recently? They will catch the culprit. I hope there is surveillance cameras.

  53. William
    July 19, 2013

    Well, well, well that’s what the Coast Guard Base , men & women come to ?.
    Where is the regular patrol on the compound and the high tech cameras that’s there.
    Shame guys you all need to buck up this is a sensitive place try to protect you all assets , you all are the first line of defense . Hope all is well.

    • MINICA
      July 19, 2013

      Investigate the officers that were on duty. very fishy.

    • D/ca to the bone(for
      July 19, 2013

      You are dam right .In civilised country there would be an enquiry as to why this happened,in a so call secured compound manned by POLICE OFFICERS

      DOMINICAN IS TIME WE WAKE AND LIVE IN THE REAL WORLD .TO MANY BLUNDERS HAPPEN AND THE AUTHORIYT DONT TAKE ACTION AND SET EXAMPLE .

  54. Whoa China Whoa
    July 19, 2013

    Wait isn’t that the boat from the drug bust??? Look bowdel wi…

    • me
      July 19, 2013

      yes it is the exact same boat that was in the drug bust i think thats an inside job they need to start lookign for the inside guy who was on shift at the base that night

    • July 19, 2013

      I think it is. Suspicious.

  55. July 19, 2013

    Bowdel is the name of the boat that was involved in a drug seizure; something that the article failed to mention! Dominicans are you seeing the level of corruption involved in these drug cases. I have been saying it all along that this so-called drug trafficking issue goes far up and is part of a much larger picture that the average Dominican will not be able to comprehend. Just keep your eyes and ears open and soon enough your jaws will drop!!! The people involved in this is beyond the reach of the law…trust Papa Met!!!

  56. Shameless
    July 19, 2013

    Wait a minute here, correct me if I am wrong but I believe that BOWDEL is the same boat seized in the Stowe drug bust a week or so ago. I smell “evidence tampering”. Don’t we have cameras at coast guard base? :lol: . Now I want to know where was the centry on duty. Or just maybe someone decided that if they cant have the boat then the police or state cant have it likewise.

    “Change MUST Come!
    Assertive, NOT Agressive!

  57. CONCERNED
    July 19, 2013

    look BOWDEL plenty BOWDEL

  58. Rasta man
    July 19, 2013

    Burn burn burn….look bowdell

  59. bigtymerz
    July 19, 2013

    wow!!is that for real? isnt that the same boat they held last week or two weeks aback in Stowe with the drugs!! WOW!! AGAIN!!! LETS SEE!!

  60. Pat Pat
    July 19, 2013

    Wow, I would like to know how Bowdel caught on fire? All I’ll say is Hmmmmmm.

  61. Megso
    July 19, 2013

    “The boat was packed in the Coast Guard Base,”

    Packed with what ???

  62. him
    July 19, 2013

    This is to scare the police. Take the fight to them in a HARDER WAY! Remember these drug dealers are criminals.

  63. bowdel
    July 19, 2013

    Lol still soft move ! Lol dominica well never go next level lol lol smh lol lol it very funny in dominica lol

  64. Patsy George
    July 19, 2013

    I smell a BIG RAT

  65. Anonymous
    July 19, 2013

    “Bowdell” wasn’t that boat involved in………….last week?

  66. gwatelle
    July 19, 2013

    Wasn’t that the boat used in the drug business…..someone trying to destroy the evidence…….They watching too much TV.

  67. mee1
    July 19, 2013

    that is what you calling distroying evidence. hummmm, there is something fishy about that. that boat was just siezed about a week ago. There are boats on the base for years and non have caught fire, something strange is happening …..hummmmmm

  68. A Voice
    July 19, 2013

    Hmmm, Bowdel? Isn’t that the same boat that….

    Hmmm, is all I am saying.

  69. real possie
    July 19, 2013

    Look Bowdel.

  70. help
    July 19, 2013

    It doesn’t take a genius to figure-out what’s going on here!!

  71. Yes Fada!
    July 19, 2013

    Bowdel? Well look bowdel!!!

  72. mafier police
    July 19, 2013

    oo my goodness why is in the cost gard

  73. chumpa
    July 19, 2013

    yesterday i come for my boat after d court say give me my boat an they give them d paper to give me my boat d coast guard man tellin me doe come back there befor he burn it now a boat on fire . so is all u that do it

  74. blublu
    July 19, 2013

    who burning the evidence na 8-O 8-O 8-O . apa bondiay

  75. %
    July 19, 2013

    Dominica seem to be overrun by drugs, AND THE PENALTIES SEEM TO BE TOO LENIENT, so the dealers are taking it to the neXt level.
    On matters of drugs I support the police 100% because I have seen what drugs have done to many people including my good friends.
    THE POLICE NEEDS TO TAKE THE FIGHT TO THESE CRIMINALS FEARLESSLY!

  76. Valley Rat
    July 19, 2013

    What have the nature isle come to now, they even trying to destroy the evidence. Sad story in the eyes of the police, are they involved in the drug trade. We need good people in the police force,change need to be made soon, to get rid of these rotten people.

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