Bartlett extends condolences to victims in RIU explosion
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett has expressed deep regret at the passing of Hotel RIU Reggae’s Maintenance Manager, Sederhori McIntosh, and the injury of four other members of staff as a result of an explosion from a boiler pump yesterday afternoon at the St James property.
“I am deeply saddened about the unfortunate accident that occurred at the Hotel RIU Reggae, which resulted in several injuries and the loss of a life. I offer my sincere condolences to the staff of the hotel as they cope with the aftermath of this tragic incident. I also offer my support to the families and friends of the other injured staff members who are all receiving treatment in the hospital,” said Bartlett said in a release from the ministry.
He added that, “the Ministry of Tourism will continue to monitor the situation and will be working closely with the hotel to ensure that the grieving families receive the necessary support during this difficult time.”
According to reports, the five, who were members of the hotel’s maintenance team, were working in a boiler room when an explosion occurred.
They were taken to hospital where McIntosh was pronounced dead and the others admitted, two of whom are said to be in critical condition.
The adults-only property officially opened in November of last year with some US$60 million invested in the construction of the hotel by the proprietors of the chain.