Engineer believed to have been electrocuted, but post mortem will determine exact cause of UK man’s death

While a post mortem will have to be conducted to determine the exact cause of death, it is believed that 47-year-old Roy John Jemme of the United Kingdom died by electrocution.

Reports say that Jemme was found slumped over in the engine room of the Baton Rouge, a vessel that is docked at English Harbour.

Further reports say there was a power outage on board the boat, and the deceased,  who is the chief engineer, went to fix the issue.

While he was doing so, reportedly there was an announcement summoning everyone to the main deck; and when the supervisor, Jemme’s colleague, went to check on him, the engineer was found slumped over. 

It is alleged that the supervisor attempted to administer CPR to the UK citizen; but this was difficult due to the confined space.

Therefore, Jemme’s body was moved to the main deck, and CPR was continued with assistance from the Antigua and Barbuda Search and Rescue (ABSAR) until the Emergency Medical Services arrived and transported him to the hospital. 

According to doctors, Jemme arrived at the hospital dead with CPR in progress.  He was officially declared dead at 10:19 a.m.

The  death was reported to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) by the doctor.  

Reports say that coroners Dexter Wason and Conliffe Clarke were informed of the incident and the body was removed to Barnes Funeral Home for storage. 

Arrangements are reportedly being made by the local British Consulate  to have the body returned to the UK.