Three Hospitalized After Royalton Construction Nightmare


Three workers are in hospital this afternoon nursing injuries after a section of the Blue Diamond Royalton hotel construction site in Negril collapsed today.

The three persons admitted to hospital were among five injured after the roof of the lobby of the hotel which is under construction collapsed.

There was alarm early this morning as the section of the hotel collapsed and word circulated that several workers were trapped.

Emergency rescue workers and the security forces work during this morning and this afternoon in search of persons injured.

Investment Minister Daryl Vaz visited the scene and toured the building. Vaz updated members of the media.

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Minister Vaz says checks are being made to ensure all persons have been rescued.

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Minister Vaz addressed a crowd gathered on the scene.

He reported that emergency workers have dismissed speculation that a number of persons may be still trapped and have succumbed.

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Vaz commended the rescue workers and the security forces on their efforts.

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Minister Vaz says within 24-hours the Government is to receive a preliminary report following an investigation into the collapse of the section of the hotel in which caused injury to at least five workers.

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Minister Vaz says the Principals of the Blue Diamond Hotel Royalton are on their way to Jamaica.

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Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.