Sad, sad news from St. Lucia

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#1
Virginia
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I was so saddened to read about the death of Nereus Francis aka "Cosol". So tragic and senseless. I hope they find the person responsible. Sending prayers to his family and friends.
#3
Barrie, ON
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That is very sad news indeed. We've toured twice with Cosol and he was a wonderful guide with a great personality and a very obvious love for the island. Feel very badly for his family and friends, my condolences to them all. Hope they catch any and all responsible for this tragedy.
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#7
St. Lucia, West Indies
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Originally posted by MeganGC1983
Should the violence in St. Lucia worry tourists?


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No more than violence in USA worries those of us that visit thete. Or violence in UK worries those of us that visit there and so forth. I'm not being flip, by any means. You're much, much more likely to have a violent encounter where you live versus your short visit to St Lucia.

St Lucia isn't a utopia - nowhere is.
Violence or crime against visitors is quite rare here, although it does happen on occasion; and when it does, it's usually a crime of opportunity versus a violent crime, ie snatch and grab/petty theft versus any violence.

As anywhere, one needs to be aware their surroundings, secure their valuables, use reputable tour guides or drivers, don't get falling down drunk, don't wander off with strangers, etc.
#8
St. Lucia, West Indies
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Cosol's death is a real tragedy for his family, and for tourism in St Lucia. He was a truly wonderful man who loved his family deeply, and loved his country just as much. He shared that love with everyone who toured with him. His loss will be felt island-wide.
He will be sorely, sorely missed.
#10
Jersey Shore
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Joined Sep 2010
So shocked and saddened to learn this today. The 4 times we have cruised to St. Lucia we toured with Nereus (Cosol). In our opinion he had no equal for a visit to St. Lucia. Such a tremendous loss.
#11
Fort Lauderdale
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Feel fortunate to have met this guy back in May. Really down to earth and ran a top level operation. We were running behind due to a water taxi issue on the way back from Sugar Beach or I would of schooled him in dominos on the dock. Just a really good vibe.

Rest In Peace brother
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Such a tragedy, we went on Cosol’s tours a couple of times and met members of his family. He was a lovely guy and took good care of us when on tour.
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Truly sad news. Prayers for family.

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#15
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Originally posted by kayehall
Any new information on his death? Did they find the scumbags?
Yes. Three have been arrested in connection with his tragic death.
#16
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OMG - he was my all time favorite guide. We went with him when he only owned one van. He was so personable and caring and loved his island. I went with him again when he owned a fleet and had employees and he still was as kind and thoughtful as the first time. St. Lucia and the world have lost a wonderful soul.
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#17
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So very sad. Prayers for his family.
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#19
Milwaukee, WI
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So sad. We had a tour booked with him

Anyone know if the tour company will go on or not so much?


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#20
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Originally posted by cnjoy26
So sad. We had a tour booked with him

Anyone know if the tour company will go on or not so much?


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Yes... I believe his brother-in-law has taken over...We recently booked with them for our Sept 19th port stop..quick confirmation..all sounds great...as family is carrying on his business.
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