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Cheetah Moon captain speaks out about the death of Chef Ludovic Guillevin in St. Maarten
his memory, I would like to clarify the details concerning the death of our
chef Ludovic Guillevin, to prevent any unnecessary speculation.
Mr. Ludovic Guillevin was found on Mullet bay beach in St.
Maarten by a passerby on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 6:30 a.m. He had severe
injuries due to a brutal and excessively savage attack. He was transported to
the hospital on the Dutch side of the island.
At 10:30 a.m. I was contacted by the boat agent who informed
me that Ludovic Guillevin was in hospital and the police were looking for me.
The police prevented me from going to the hospital immediately as they were interviewing me
along with other crewmembers on board the vessel. I arrived at the hospital
with my agent Simon Manley of Shoresupport.
We found Ludovic in intensive care and unable to communicate as he was
sedated while being treated. The medical
staff urged us to send him to a bigger hospital as soon as possible as they
could not adequately deal with the severity of his head trauma. I was surprised
that they were waiting on me for this decision. Due to his experience with
medical emergencies, Simon Manley responded fast and arranged for Medivac
transport to Fort de France Hospital in Martinique in as little as possible
time. A plane was available in St. Maarten and as soon as medical staff were
ready Ludovic was flown to Fort de France. His condition deteriorated during
this flight and he died shortly after arrival at the trauma unit (Samu). I had
a meeting with medical staff of trauma unit, they confirmed the severity of
Ludovic’s condition. He had several skull fractures and other serious injuries.
They explained that the injuries were so extreme that he would not have
survived even if he had arrived earlier.
In the following week, I met with the gentleman who found
Ludovic on the beach and called the emergency services. At that time Ludovic
was conscious and could speak a little with him. Ludovic told the man he was abducted
and forced into a vehicle by several people between Simpson Bay Marina and the
Bridge after midnight on Friday night. He did not enter the vehicle voluntarily.
Ludovic was walking alone at the time. He was attacked and robbed; we do not
know the reason why the attack was so savage.
Many people have been speculating about the reason. However,
as his captain and friend, I can say that I have known Ludovic for more than nine
years. He was previously employed with me on the vessel Nolose based in Palma
de Mallorca, owned by a high-level Aristocratic Family. Due to the nature of
this industry, I lived and worked in close quarters with Ludovic and truly got to
know him as a person.
I can affirm that at 37 years old, he was very professional,
gregarious and well loved by his employers and fellow crewmembers alike. He
was not involved in illegal activities and did not use drugs. Ludovic had the
same girlfriend for 15 years, living a normal, stable life in Palma de Mallorca.
The false rumors and assumptions that drugs or illegal
activities were involved marginalized the attack and provided a false sense of
security. It is easier to brush aside such an atrocity if it is assumed to have happened to a
bad person. Ludovic was, however, an innocent victim of a horrific crime.
It would seem that the crime rate is escalating in the area [St. Maarten].
Annually mega yachts return to St. Maarten bringing with them the image of
luxury. These crewmembers arrive after working hard during the season and
would like to have a bit of a good time. Sadly, however, there are bad elements around
that wish them ill and are, perhaps, envious of their perceived wealth.
I feel it is important that the captains, brokers and agencies
to keep crew informed of the reality of the dangers out there and that they
make crew safety a priority until the authorities have shown that they have
made progress in providing a safer environment.
Such an accident can happen to anybody and all should take
While I did not reveal any new information, I wanted to
emphasize that I truly believe that my Chef, Ludovic Guillevin, was not involved
in any illegal activities. Ludovic was a good, professional sailor who I would
recommended for any yacht.
My crew and I will never forget Ludovic and we will cherish
the good times shared with our friend and colleague.”
- Captain Jean-Yves Candlot
un énorme merci pour votre témoignage, captain Candlot
que notre ami et collègue Ludovic repose en paix
Marianne , m/y Nolose ....