Sea Hauler victims outraged over Sam Williams'
...Appearing as guests on the radio talk show "The Way Forward" victims Stephen Rose, Tennyson Leslie, Sophie Antonio, Cedric Hart and Paulette Dean, said they were surprised and angry to hear that Sam Williams, chairman of the Bahamas Loving Care Association was speaking on their behalf.
told The Guardian
on Sunday that the $1 million ex-gratia payment allocated by the government for the victims of the Sea Hauler tragedy was a "drop in the bucket" when stacked against their medical bills.
"They have a lot of medical bills and they are still pouring in. So that's only a drop in the bucket.And when the lawyers get paid out of that, nothing will be left for them," said Williams
Rose told The Guardian
yesterday that Williams
was speaking "out of place".
(Williams) left us a whole year ago.
In an earlier interview, Williams
was the one who originally brought attention to the group's plight.He
added that he
hoped they were grateful.Williams
was happy that the government had lived up to its word.He
had helped the group out because he
could not stand to watch them suffer.
"All I wanted to do was help them," he
said in a telephone interview.
Last week, Minister of Maritime and Labour Dion Foulkes announced that the government would pay out $1 million to the victims. He
said that after a "comprehensive multi-agency investigation" and it was determined that the government was innocent of any wrongdoing, they agreed to make the ex-gratia payment, as they were not legally bound to assist the victims.