Missing Crewmember

Feb 3rd 10
Staff Report

Engineer Pawel Kwiatowski of M/Y Charisma has been missing in the BVIs since Saturday, January 30.

According to BVInews.com, which received its information from a Police Information Office press release issued February 1, Kwiatowski was last seen leaving the Willy T Restaurant & Bar via tender around 11:30 p.m. on Friday night. He was reported missing on Saturday morning.

 

According to BVInews.com, the search for the missing crewmember, which began on Saturday, January 30, went from search and rescue to a recovery mission on Wednesday, February 3.

BVInews.com reported, “This disclosure was made by the head of the Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR) Phil Aspinall: ‘We will continue to dive today in the area that he went missing, but at this point in time we are just looking for recovery. My opinion is based solely on the intense searches we have done over the past few days on land and in the water,’ Aspinall explained.”

M/Y Charisma was anchored off Norman Island during the time of the incident.

BVInews.com reported, “VISAR along with the Police Marine Unit and a Blue Water Dive team have been looking tirelessly for the 32 year-old engineer in the Bight area [where Kwiatowski was last seen].”

 

Watch this space for more information.

 

http://www.bvinews.com/all_news/accident-tragedy/9412.html

http://www.bvinews.com/all_news/crime-police/9378.html

 


 

UPDATE:

Official press release sent by the BVIs Police Information Office:

 

BODY RECOVERED BELIEVED TO BE THAT OF MISSING CREW MEMBER

 

Tuesday, February 9 – A body recovered off St. John Sunday afternoon is believed to be that of missing crew member Pawel Kwiatkowski.

DNA analysis, which is now being expedited, will be needed to make a positive identification. However, based on prevailing facts, it is probable that the body found is that of the missing crew member.

Following the discovery, officers of the Special Investigations Unit of the Royal Virgin Islands Police and Virgin Islands Police Department worked closely with a medical examiner in the USVI.

An autopsy was performed and the determination of the cause of death is to be released shortly.

Pawel Kwiatkowski, a 32-year-old, of Poland and an engineer onboard the 154-foot mega yacht Charisma which was anchored off Norman Island, was last seen leaving the Willy Ts Bar and Restaurant at around 11:30pm on Friday night, January 29 on a yacht tender. Kwiatkowski was discovered missing by his crew members the following morning.

At the request of BVI authorities, U.S. Coast Guard carried out aerial searches of the surrounding area while Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR) and Police carried out extensive sea and shoreline searches. In addition, Police Marine Unit and a contracted dive company engaged in underwater searches.

Last Friday, Police called off search teams after a thorough six-day multi-agency land, air and sea search which started in the immediate area and extended to other islands as far as St. John.

The investigation by the RVIPF Special Investigations Unit is focused on the movements of Kwiatkowski and other crew members after they left the bar on that Friday evening. The accounts of the crew are now being analyzed to establish what happened but there is no evidence that indicate there was fighting between any members of the crew.

The captain and members of the crew of the Charisma as well as the parent company, YPI yachts, have been cooperating with Police investigators.

A file on the investigation has been provided to Her Majesty‘s Coroner and the office of the Director of Public Prosecution.

 


 

UPDATE:

Official press release sent by the BVIs Police Information Office:

 

BODY IDENTIFIED AS MISSING CREW MEMBER
CAUSED OF DEATH RELEASED

Monday, February 15 – A body recovered off St. John Sunday afternoon has been positively identified as missing crew member Pawel Kwiatkowski. An autopsy concluded that the cause of death was drowning.

A DNA analysis was conducted to make the positive determination of the identity and medical examiners in the USVI made the determination of the cause of the death. Officers of the Special Investigations Unit of the Royal Virgin Islands Police and Virgin Islands Police Department had worked closely with a medical examiner in the USVI after the discovery was made.

Pawel Kwiatkowski, a 32-year-old, of Poland and an engineer onboard the 154-foot mega yacht ‘Charisma’ which was anchored off Norman Island, was last seen leaving the Willy Ts Bar and Restaurant at around 11:30pm on Friday night, January 29 on a yacht tender. Kwiatkowski was discovered missing by his crew members the following morning.

A file on the investigation has been provided to Her Majesty‘s Coroner and the office of the Director of Public Prosecution and Police await their decision.

Until Police receive a decision from the DPP and the Coroner, the case remains open.

 





7 Comments
  • A year on, still not answers - WHY ?
    Posted by simongb-N2 13/02/2011 23:29:17

  • Sounds like you all have been watching a bit too much C.S.I.

    The case remains that a sailor lost his life and which is very sad and all you people can do is try come up with conspiracy theories..

    Very sad. R.I.P
    Posted by Hylt 03/03/2010 13:05:19

  • Its easy to miss a crew member till the next day especially if they are alone in a cabin. Most would assume he was sleeping in as you do on your day off. Why would you look in his cabin in the morning.
    Posted by Miss B Haven 23/02/2010 19:52:08

  • It automatically becomes a police investigation because it is an open missing persons case. There was NO fight aboard, or between any crewmembers. Both Charisma's tenders are aboard the yacht. All crew were interviewed by the police as is routine in such a missing persons case.
    Posted by Mike_22 06/02/2010 19:04:05

  • BVI investigation..... http://www.bviplatinum.com/news.php?section=article&articleID=1264991254
    Posted by junior_1 05/02/2010 13:55:06

  • I read the "news" reports...
    "...last seen leaving on a boat tender." and "...we are diving on the scene..." raise a ton of ?'s in themselves!
    Who and what and where are the tender and the people on it? Crew on Charisma didn't notice he was missing 'till the next day? Crew NEVER goes ALONE to the Willy T, it's not a singles bar though it is a pick up joint.
    Hope they find out but knowing the authorities, don't hold your breath.
    Posted by 14Freedom 05/02/2010 04:11:23

  • I too am finding it very hard to understand why the alarm was not raised until the following morning. How long does it take for the person he was with to notice that his fellow crew member is missing? He was seen leaving the Bar at around 11.30pm "two people seen getting into the tender" In previous articles. Who was this person he was in the Tender with? When did he notice he was missing. How long was the tender journey back to the Yacht? What time was the Alarm raised on Saturday morning? There are alot of points that dont add up? And it seems that we the people following the case from the outside have sharper questions than the "Authorities"...It sounds like there are more questions to be answered
    Posted by shoshel 05/02/2010 21:06:09

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