The son of Richard Branson, the Billionaire who rode out Hurricane Irma on his island, warned on Instagram that those who try to bring humanitarian aid to the British Virgin Islands may encounter civil unrest. Sam Branson said that during the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, prisoners escaped and armed themselves, reported People.
Sam Branson, whose father is the owner of the Virgin group, also rode out the storm on his family's island, Necker Island. He posted a video on his Instagram, describing the situation.
“I’ve been getting some updates on the ground out there on the British Virgin Islands, and it’s really sad to say that there is a lot of civil unrest.”
He explained the cause of the unrest: “Unfortunately, some of the prisoners have escaped and are now armed.”
Branson, who is 32 years old, warned those who are sending humanitarian aid to make sure they have security. He also advised they have the latest information from officials to ensure their own safety.
“I don’t want to panic anyone but it’s really important people are aware of the situation there,” said Branson. “Some areas are okay, some aren’t. Just get the right information. It’s just incredibly tragic.”
The Telegraph confirmed his story. They reported today that 40 "high-risk" prisoners escaped in the islands. In cabinet notes accidentally leaked to the press, the writer revealed the situation.
"We are working with St Lucia and BVI authorities to secure the transfer to St Lucia of 40 high-risk prisoners that have escaped in BVI".
According to a British expat, a prison was blown open in Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. She fled the island before Hurricane Irma hit. Her marine engineer partner, Leo, stayed behind, and he now carries a knife for his safety.
"The military is everywhere with machine guns. Everyone's turned feral and no-one's going out without being armed...You can't drive your car without a weapon, it's turning really nasty. Leo carries a knife with him."
The Telegraph also reported that British soldiers and police officers have been sent to the British Virgin Islands "to prevent lawlessness and looting and restore order."
The British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, said "This is a very big consular crisis and I am confident we are doing everything we possibly can to help British nationals."
Keep the British Virgin Islands in your prayers as they deal with this second issue. In the wake of a hurricane, they should be dealing with recovery efforts not trying to curtail crime. In other news, a famous television star just passed away from cancer.