Body of Canadian who disappeared after sinking boat in Cabeza de Toro recovered


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Feb 20, 2019

The authorities recovered on Tuesday, 7 February 2023 the body of 40-year old Canadian tourist James Gordon William Dewitt, who died when the fishing boat he had contracted sank in the reef area of Cabeza de Toro beach.

The victim’s body was found on the beach of Bávaro and was taken to the beach of Cabeza de Toro for the corresponding purposes. The acting medical examiner, Dr. Polanco Guzmán, examined the lifeless body and identified the cause of death as “cerebral hypoxia” (lack of oxygen in the brain).

Others on the capsized boat were the captain, 42-year old Brenis Miguel Calcaño and the Canadian tourists, 53-year old André Rondeau, 43-year old Wayne Roger Boudreault, 63-year old John Francis Joseph, and 36-year old Daryl Chistopher Fournier. The four tourists survived and were taken to the Punta Cana Medical Center.

The authorities say that the captain of the boat...

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chico bill

Dogs Better than People
May 6, 2016
God rest his soul.

Don't go out in small boats on the ocean unless you can swim. And if you aren't a swimmer, wear a life vest. If the boat doesn't offer them or have them visible - stay ashore. I wonder if this boat was equipped with vests?

You should be able to tread water for an hour. That is not as hard in salt water but it requires some stamina.
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Welcome To Wonderland
Apr 1, 2014
"The authorities say that the captain of the boat and the owner, 35-year old Aristis Sosa Batista, were detained at the Cabeza de Toro Navy station for the ongoing investigations."

No doubt waves can be extremely dangerous but I wonder if drugs or alcohol played a role like they did in another high profile accident involving the death of tourist a few months ago?


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Jun 25, 2019
I think it's more likely that they had a boat which wasn't fit for purpose and they didn't really know much about the sea.
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Aug 26, 2012
I think it's more likely that they had a boat which wasn't fit for purpose and they didn't really know much about the sea.
I agree with MariaRubia's assessment.
And I am a fully paid up member in good standing of the dr1 lap top cops.
Terrible for his friends and family.
Not exactly the vacation experience a tourist is searching out.
Hoping that his departed soul may find some peace... in contrast to what his last few moments on earth afforded him.
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