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Sailor Dittrich Found Dead On The Dingy Dock At Yacht Haven Grande

Manfred Dittrich

      FOUND DEAD: Manfred Dittrich

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — An 80-year-old man with ties to the sea was found dead on dock off of Yacht Haven Grande late Sunday night, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

On Sunday, June 19, about 10:22 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center transmitted that a male individual that was found and taken from the water at Yacht Haven Grande located in the downtown area, the VIPD said.

Upon arrival to the scene, officers made contact with an unresponsive Caucasian male lying face up on the dingy dock who was later positively identified by his next of kin as Manfred Dittrich of Hassel Island.

Dittrich was then taken to the morgue at the Roy L. Schneider Medical Center.

“Manfred and his sons have been making sails and awnings for decades here on St. Thomas,” Mark Hillsman said in the Facebook group V.I. Connections. “He will be missed. RIP.”

Another person in the same group said that Dittrich was well-known in the St. Thomas sailing community.

“Manfred was one of the most famous icon on the Virgin Island sailing life style,” Ensor Colon wrote. “RIP.”

There were no signs of foul play to the deceased, police said. Police detectives with  the Forensic Unit processed the scene for evidence.

The case is currently under active investigation by the Investigation Bureau.

Anyone having information regarding this incident may to contact the Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extensions 5617 and 5554. They can also call 911; Crime stoppers VI, the Commissioner’s Office at (340) 715-5506 and the Chief’s Office as (340)714-5548.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.


  1. margo rose
    June 20, 2016 at 12:55 PM — Reply

    This is heart-breaking to hear. What an amazing man.. so valuable with this skills, caring attitude, and just a ‘fixture” there for all the years I lived there.
    RIP, wonderful Manfred
    The Angels will be needing sails I am sure.

  2. Leslie
    June 21, 2016 at 2:50 PM — Reply

    One of the nicest men I’ve known on St.Thomas! I meet him in the early 80’s when I first arrived on island and we would dingy over to his place on Hassel Island & have wonderful dinners & conversation. The view from there during the day & at night is breathtaking, he was so kind & so interesting, a true gentleman. He was also one of the greatest sail & awnings makers in the territory! My prayers & my heart go out to his friends & family! You will be truly missed, RIP Manford…. ❤️??❤️

  3. June 22, 2016 at 8:38 AM — Reply

    Rip Manfred. A very kind gentle soul who was always immensly courteous and kind to me as a young visitor when I lived on st Thomas in the 1980s and 90s along with his great friend Monty. I hope they are together in sailor heaven

  4. Misty
    August 9, 2016 at 8:50 PM — Reply

    RIP Manfred Dietrich, “The Sail Maker”. St Thomas will never be the same without him. His door was always opened. We had some great times dinning with him on Hassel Island!

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