Mason Hart, Anchors Away Brother
After several weeks of exploring in the Bahamas, Mason's body was found floating in the waters on Scotland Cay, Abaco.
He last spoke to family and friends on Tuesday July 28, 2015. His body was found close to 24 hours later. Details are still coming together while we try to better understand this tragedy. We are asking for your help to fund the effort to bring Mason's body home, back to the States and support his family during this tragic time.
Mason was driven, passionate, sweet and loved by many. When Mason spoke, people wanted to listen. His laughter was contagious. He could cheer up any sad soul and was always the life of the party.
If a small monetary donation isn't possible, all we ask is for you to keep Mason and his family in your prayers.
Sail the seas, sweet Mason. You are forever in our hearts.
Thanks in advance for your prayers and donations.
for updates and details as they come in. Please continue to share Mason's story with friends and family on every social media platform. Help us bring peace to Mason and his family.
We have raised our goal to 15,000.
After learning the cost of a second autopsy, toxicology tests, transportation and storage of the body as well as other expenses,
we realize that even this might not be enough.
We can't do this alone. We need your continued support. Please don't stop sharing Mason's story.
Thanks to your support, we recently got the attention of British Media. This is huge! Please don't let Mason's story stop there.
The Tucker family has been working around the clock despite the challenges and lack of response from the U.S. Embassy.
There is currently a $5000.00 reward for any information leading to the recovery of the boat that Mason was last seen on, which went missing from Guana Cay. Finding this boat could provide important information for the investigation.
The circumstances surrounding Mason’s death are unknown (since the incident occurred while he was to be in the Bahamas alone for about two weeks.) Here's some of what we do know now... On Tuesday, July 28th, Mason had taken the boat's dingy across the harbor for lunch and cocktails at Snappa’s restaurant on Marsh Harbour Bahamas. Credit card receipts show a last transaction there at approximately 3:00 p.m. He then went to Nippers Restaurant on Guana Cay and is final transaction was around 7:30 pm. Then, on July 29th, Mason's naked body was found lifeless on the shores of Scotland Cay, Abaco Islands Bahamas. The dingy which he was using has not been found. The fact that Mason was found floating face up and naked does not make sense to any of us.
We need to conduct a 3rd party autopsy to determine cause of death and, hopefully, rule out foul play. But, with authorities out enjoying a long local holiday weekend, we could be in jeopardy of getting valuable samples, evidence and the opportunity for a conclusive autopsy.
When David Tucker arrived at our U.S. Embassy in Nassau on August 2, with his passport and Power of Attorney to handle all Mason’s affairs, he was greeted by local Bahamian armed-guards who attempted to turn him away to return Tuesday, after the long Bahamian "Emancipation Day" holiday weekend. It was only after using strong assertiveness with Bahamian security at our Embassy door, did we get the Bahamian security guard to call inside the Embassy to request a U.S. Embassy official come to the door and talk with us. Cliff Chamble, US Citizen traveling with David Tucker was DENIED access to our US Embassy.
David is desperate to postpone Mason’s autopsy (currently scheduled for Tuesday morning) so that we can get good blood samples to do a 3rd party toxicology exam. This will be crucial to finding resolve.
To Mason's family, I and my family scuba dived with Mason in the Bahamas a week before his passing. I have some photos of this dive (including a few quite nice ones of Mason) that I would be happy to share with anyone that knew him. Contact me at sarawofford1(at)gmail.com if you would like them. My sincerest condolences, Sara
Lora, I'm sorry for your loss. If Mason booked any of his trip on a credit card, his family maybe eligible for travel insurance. It's worth checking on.
Investigators are reviewing all of the footage that they believe may have answers. They have found evidence that Mason was not alone on the boat that night, but have not yet identified who was with him.
Have you checked the video footage at Nippers?