Kellie Jo Barley asked us to share something with all of you. For those of you who do not know Kellie Jo, she and her family moved to St. John last year after purchasing Sail Safaris. We wrote about her family’s transition from a farm in Florida where they cultivated peanuts and grass seed to a their new life on the water on St. John. (You can read all about that it here.)
Well yesterday, a bit of tragedy struck the Barley family while one of their boats – Fly Girl – was out on charter. Fly Girl was near Lovongo yesterday morning when a fluke gust of wind caused the 27-foot catamaran to capsize. Fortunately no one was hurt.
Kellie Jo wanted to extend her thanks publicly to everyone who came to their aid. We were happy to help her do that. Here’s what she had to say:
“So thankful for the community of St. John today! The boating community of STJ and STT rallied together to come to our aid with manpower, boats and tons of support! Our family and business are so grateful for prayers and well wishes and overwhelmed by the general support of everyone in and out of the boating community! We are confident Fly Girl will be back in the water in no time with her very loyal crew by her side.
“Special thanks to Scubado, Privateer, Singing Dog Sailing, Noah’s Little Ark, Ocean Runner and Sadie Sea! As well as everyone else who offered help. And the absolute best crew … I just wanted to be able to say thank you to the most amazing community.”
So once again, the sprit of St. John shines through its people. Kudos to all of you.