Jamaican fisherman dies, buried in Nicaragua after 22 days adrift

(Jamaica Observer) Reports have surfaced out of Nicaragua that a Jamaican boat captain is now dead and buried in that country, after he and two others were rescued by locals after spending 22 days adrift in waters off the northern Caribbean country.

The dead captain has been identified as Joshua Strekley, 44.

According to reports, the two survivors Clifton C Edwards, 43, and Reid Derreique Anthonio, 45 said that they set sailed from St Thomas in Jamaica on December 10, 2018 to the fishing bank known as Murrant Cay Saumont Bank.

The two explained that after having travelled 30 miles out to sea, they were surprised by a strong storm that damaged the left side of their boat.

The fishermen said they were left without fuel and food, until they ran aground on the Halouver coast, 30 miles south of Puerto Cabezas in Nicaragua, where they were helped by the community members.

The residents reportedly took Strekly to the health post in the town, where he died and they decided to bury him.

The surviving fishermen were subsequently sent to immigration authorities for their return to Jamaica.

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