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Castries, Saint Lucia, October 27, 2008 (GIS) - The American College Student, Francis Heinmann, who had been stranded on Petit Piton for almost thirteen hours was safely rescued on Friday evening with the assistance of a Search and Rescue Team from Martinique.

Mr. Heinmann was first taken care of by the First Response Team on the helicopter after his rescue, and was subsequently taken to the Accident & Emergency Department of Victoria Hospital for further stabilization, where he was visited by the Minister for Health, Dr. Keith Mondesir. He has since been transferred to the Tapion Hospital, where he is now being cared for.

Tortola, BVI, October 14, 2008 (DDM) – A Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect for the Virgin Islands. Tropical Depression 15 is located near 14.3N/69.2W, or about 350 miles southwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph. This system has been drifting very slowly to the southeast at 2 mph over the last several hours. This Depression's level of organization has not changed much overnight.

Tortola, BVI, October 13, 2008 (DDM) – A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the British Virgin Islands. The center of Tropical Depression Fifteen was located near latitude 14.8 north longitude 69.9 west or about 355 miles southwest of San Juan Puerto Rico. The depression is stationary and little motion is expected during the next 24 hours. It is expected that the system will take a northeast track with an increase forward speed bringing the center very near Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands on Wednesday. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. The depression could become a tropical storm tonight or Tuesday. An air force reconnaissance aircraft is currently approaching the depression. Estimated minimum central pressure is 1006 MB. This is a large depression and bands of heavy rains will continue spreading over Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands during the next day or so.

Tortola, BVI, October 13, 2008 (DDM) – Tropical disturbance 65 has now been upgraded to tropical depression fifteen. Tropical depression fifteen is located near 14.8n/69.6w, or about 340 miles southwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Movement is northwest near 2 mph. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast and the depression could become a tropical storm later today. This upgrade will be verified by an air force plane which is scheduled to conduct a reconnaissance flight today at which time, a Tropical Storm Watch may have be issued for the Virgin Islands. Estimated minimum central pressure is 1005 MB.

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