Barbados Cave-In Deaths: Codrington Family Cries Out – Wants Justice, Not Cover-Up

No Inquest Called: Family Died When Home Collapsed Into Known Cave

donavere-codrington-barbadosThere are many villains who must bear responsibility for the deaths of an entire Barbados family whose members died after their house fell into a collapsing cave at Arch Cot. Horrifically, we know that members of the Codrington family did not die all at the same time. As he was trapped in the rubble, Donavere (the father) talked to people at the scene after the initial event. Some of the children could be heard screaming for a time.

Although we have been denied a public inquest by two successive governments, Bajans now know some of what happened thanks to the efforts of Hans Machel, Richard Goddard and a handful of others who, unlike Barbados politicians, still care about the truth and the public good. No thanks to the professional Barbados news media who are (or were, in the case of the Barbados Advocate) part of the cover-up to protect the members of the Bajan nobility who murdered the Codringtons…

… from the Barbados Free Press article Expert: Arch Cot Cave-In Victims May Have Been Killed By Wrong Decisions, Actions and Inaction By Barbados Emergency Officials

Family Member Comments On Barbados Free Press…

BFP harps and will keep harping because everybody waited till Monday morning before they did anything.

They will keep harping because Donavere died August 28th not 26th.

They will keep harping because they could not even determine who was who when they finally started pulling bodies out.

They will keep harping because we still have clothing that stink with the smell of death.

And they will keep going because even if you had wanted to accept that it was just a tragedy… the actions of the BLP and now DLP government prove that someone is responsible.

Those Ministers sat at Arch Cot everyday, drinking alcohol and eating up feasts donated by hotels and restaurants across Barbados. Then the BLP proceeded to use Arch Cot pictures and pictures of us grieving all over their stinking manifesto and that’s why they lost, because God don’t like ugly.

Everyone one of them will suffer until they step up and do what is right.


BFP Editor’s Note: The above comment was left today on our article Expert: Arch Cot Cave-In Victims May Have Been Killed By Wrong Decisions, Actions and Inaction By Barbados Emergency Officials


Filed under Barbados, Building Collapse, Corruption, Disaster, Freedom Of Information, Political Corruption, Politics & Corruption

19 responses to “Barbados Cave-In Deaths: Codrington Family Cries Out – Wants Justice, Not Cover-Up

  1. Thank You BFP

    Thank you. Tell it all please.

  2. J

    BFP you wrote “members of the Bajan nobility who murdered the Codringtons…”

    I would like to see an inquest as much as anybody else. But BARBADOS HAS NO NOBILITY, and even though some person or persons (as yet unknown) may bear civil or criminal responsibility for the deaths, the deaths were most certainly not murder.

    Please do not mislead the family and the public.

  3. Bajan Nobility

    J, every society has its nobility. In Barbados it used to be the white planters and the current political masters are content to revive this memory whenever they can. It helps them to keep out of the minds of the people that the new nobility is primarily based upon the two major political parties.

    For instance, Mia Mottley was made leader of the opposition as much on the legacy of her father as her own work. The Mottley’s are an excellent example of Bajan nobility. The same could be said for the Simmons family, and Liz Thompson’s family.

    The Williams brothers and family are Bajan nobility on the wane because money comes and goes, but cultural and social status and connections on Barbados are something deeper and those families I mentioned are part of that.

  4. dominoes

    Better to let sleeping dogs sleep.Ppl might not want to hear the thruth.

  5. 159

    Donavere was not a dog and he is not sleeping.

  6. Elombe2

    You have feebly rationalised your use of the word “nobility”. How do you explain “murdered”?


    BFP says,

    Perhaps you should read all the available literature and articles and then come back to us. Search “codrington” in the search box and you’ll find the majority of the articles.

  7. Mike Ashby


    The whole nature of your comment is a distraction. It is what one can describe as lateral movement.
    The direction to finding a resolution to this bothersome situation is forward. My thanks to you for keeping it in the forefront.

  8. BFP

    Many folks would love to “go forward” without explaining how we got where we are. It is a standard move for those whose actions and decisions resulted in the deaths of these five innocent people. Who murdered this family? Perhaps we can start with the person who built the home knowing that it was over a cave and that there was a prohibition against building on the land. Start there and then move to the government person who issued the permit or removed the building prohibition on the land. The person who gave the final go-ahead to resume construction after the cracks started to appear might be guilty too. Not to mention the governments that failed to provide proper equipment and training to emergency services personnel when the island is riddled with caves.

    Lots of blame to go around and those responsible desperately want to “go forward” without being held accountable for their actions.

  9. Bajan Nobility

    For the record I am not bfp.

  10. J

    Bajan Nobility wrote “For instance, Mia Mottley was made leader of the opposition as much on the legacy of her father”

    Explain to me exactly what Mia Mottley’s father has done for Barbados that can be counted as a “legacy”

  11. Jason

    BN should have said “on the ranting and power tripping and bullying of her father” We heard about THAT “leadership convention” !!!


  12. J

    Town Planning laws are broken in Barbados all the time. It is not done on the any basis of any nobility.

    In Barbados as in all very small communities people do each other favours.

    Much of the time the favours are not even done for money or money’s worth, nor for or because of social status.

    But people do favours for family, friends, the people they went to school with, their church members etc. It is not even regarded as particularly bad.

    How many of us are really able to apply the rules strictly to our own family members or other people to whom we are affiliated?

    Sometime however this granting of favours to those we love has disastrous consequences for other people.

  13. Mike Ashby

    I totally agree with you. however, I am not advocating letting those responsible not face the music (someone is responsible). As someone with some knowledge in this area, I am saying that even though the results may not have been intended, this incident reflects negligence and a disregard for safety and human life. These are things that people have to be accountable for. This is one of the reasons why in order for someone to drive a motor vehicle, they have to acquire a license and insurance. likewise, the existence of certain professional licenses.

  14. Mike Ashby

    That is true, we tend to ‘bend’ the rules a little when it comes to those close to us but I don’t think that this falls into that category. There are mores and there are laws (statutes). When you circumvent laws and there is injury or death as a result, it does not matter how well intended you are, there is first, accountability and then, restitution.

  15. BFP

    No MIke… first there is no inquest called because the political elites are looking after themselves as usual. The culpability crosses party lines so everyone is on-side for letting the whole thing die. The Codringtons were nothing – just little people who were unconnected to the political or financial elites. This is Barbados. We don’t do “accountability”.

  16. Mike Ashby

    Well BFP, I don’t know what to say. As a kid growing up I was thought that you own up to wrong doings, if not, you get your butt roasted. This is supposed to be a Bajan virtue. We have to start to link the careers of public servants, including the PM, to their public responsibilities. You can’t continue to reward incompetence, arrogance and disdain for others. The prevalence of these underground caverns across the island warrants an investigation.

  17. sick

    The things that happen in this country make me sick. The ppl in authority make me sick. All the big talkers and do-littlers make me sick. I pray that someone is held accountable for this poor family that has been forgotten. I pray for their families, who have to deal with this loss on a daily basis especially when it seems that no one cares anymore.

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  19. 146

    i yhink it was they waited too long before any action was taken god help them all