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Our B.V.I. Adventure is designed to give our family, friends and any other interested followers a look into the life of two expatriates making their way on the island of Tortola. Tortola is the largest island in the British Virgin Islands.

So, why did we move 2,000 miles away from our home in Knoxville, Tennessee? Michael accepted a position as the director of retail and international sales for a Caribbean clothing brand.



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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Day 356: Recovery Mission

A VISAR (Virgin Island Search and Rescue) helicopter was flying near the house on Tuesday.  I can count on one hand how many times I've seen a helicopter in the past year, so I grabbed my camera and snapped this shot.  I wasn't aware at the time that this helicopter was on a recovery mission...a very tragic one.

In the early morning hours on Monday, a boat carrying mostly Haitian immigrants wrecked on a reef at Brandywine Bay...less than a quarter mile from our hill.  According to news reports, VISAR recovered the bodies of six adults and two children. Twenty others were either rescued or swam to shore; they are now being detained. 

Haiti's Port-au-Prince is some 500 miles from the BVI.  I cannot even wrap my head around the hardships these people endured which led them to flee...the feelings of desparation, fear, hope and defeat...and the terrible loss that they're feeling now.  What a tragic end to what was already a dire situation...