Tragedy struck early on Wednesday morning when crew member of the boat MV Mary G, Bernard Hayling has lost his life on their weekly trip to Trinidad and Tobago from mainland Grenada.
Reports are that Bernard Hayling better known as “Berns I or Pupa” lost both legs after they were said to have become entangled in a piece of rope which was being used by another Motor Vessel ( Ocean Princess) to tow Mary G which had broken down during the journey.
The rope reportedly snapped then trapped and tightened around the man’s legs. Reports are that he was pronounced dead at the Port of Spain General Hospital. Reports are also that another crew member of mainland Grenada suffered a broken leg through the same incident.
While information is still unclear the incident is said to have occurred closer to Port of Spain than St. George’s.
The MV Mary G is owned by popular businessman Stephen “Scrapper” Gay of Tyrell Bay. Mary G is one of several motor vessels from Tyrell Bay which departs Grenada every Tuesday evening for Port of Spain and returns to St George’s on Friday mornings.
However while most of the boats depart from Port St. George, the MV Mary G is best known for the Carriacou, Grenville to Port of Spain route.
Hayling, from Beausejour once owned the wooden vessel “Stud Us” which transported cargo twice weekly from St. George’s to Carriacou. In June 2013 this newspaper featured him with his boat when he accused the Grenada Coast Guard of abandoning him and his crew to drift while experiencing engine problems.
When contacted on Wednesday morning police on the sister isles stated that while they were aware of the incident they were yet to receive an official report.