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Virgin Islander heroes Kashief Hamilton and Randolph Donovan, Jr. were honored recently by Carnival Cruise Line, The West Indian Company Limited (WICO) and local officials for rescuing a wheelchair-bound cruise passenger who accidentally fell off the WICO dock on St. Thomas last week.

The two men were acknowledged in a ceremony on board Carnival Fascination, the ship which carried the rescued passenger.

The ceremony honoring the heroic rescuers featured representatives from the U.S. Virgin Islands and Carnival, including Senator Myron Jackson of the Virgin Islands Legislature; Joseph Boschulte, Commissioner of Tourism; Kevin Rodriguez, Deputy Chief of Staff in the Governor’s Office; and Captain Candeloro Donato.

Commissioner Boschulte warmly commended the two heroes for going above the call of duty and for their selflessness. The men are members of the Department of Tourism’s Visitor Experience Team and welcome arriving guests.

“There is no greater love than laying down one’s life for one’s friends – in this case, these friends sprung into action, to ensure a life was saved. We give thanks to them and to God for their selfless act of bravery, which has inspired our community in the U.S. Virgin Islands and the world at large,” Commissioner Boschulte stated.

About the U.S. Virgin Islands

For more information about the United States Virgin Islands, go to, follow us on Instagram (@visitusvi) and become a fan on Facebook ( When traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. citizens enjoy all the conveniences of domestic travel – including on-line check-in – making travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands easier than ever. As a United States Territory, travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands does not require a passport from U.S. citizens arriving from Puerto Rico or the U.S. mainland. Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens are the same as for entering the United States from any foreign destination. Upon departure, a passport is required for all but U.S. citizens.

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