PM in boat accident
Prime Minister Bruce Golding and his family escaped serious injuries after they were involved in a minor boat accident yesterday near the Pelicans Islands in St Catherine.
Well-known Jamaica Labour Party stalwart Saleem Lazarus, the treasurer for the Western Kingston constituency that Golding represents, was also on the ill-fated boat.
Information Minister Daryl Vaz told The Sunday Gleaner that the incident took place at about 4:30 in the afternoon.
"No one injured, all are safe, everybody is fine, at no time was anyone at risk, it was just a matter of coordinating to have them taken off the boat," Vaz explained.
The minister, who is a close friend of the prime minister, disclosed that Golding's son was scheduled to get married today (Sunday) and a family day out on one of the islands was arranged.
Vaz told The Sunday Gleaner that on their return to Kingston, the private vessel in which they were travelling ran aground in shallow waters against a reef.
"The prime minister made contact with me and we were able to send out some canoes from Old Harbour that had just come in to the boat," Vaz disclosed. "I also notified the coast guard and the air wing of the Jamaica Defence Force."
Vaz said his phone was bombarded with calls from members of the public after they heard of the prime minister's ordeal.
"On behalf of the prime minister, he appreciates the concern and has asked me to say that at no time were they in any danger," Vaz said.
This has been an eventful week for members of the Government, after the week started with Golding serving notice that he would not be seeking re-election.
This is the second time in three days that a member of the Government and his family were involved in an accident.
On Wednesday, the motor vehicle in which Housing Minister Dr Horace Chang and his wife were travelling crashed with another vehicle and overturned in an embankment along the Dyke Road in Portmore, St Catherine.
The Chang family was on its way to Old Harbour to attend the funeral service for the prime minister's mother, Enid Louise Golding.