It was the opening of Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort & Spa, Sandals' newest addition to its Caribbean family of inclusive resorts. Butch Stewart, chairman, chief executive officer and host extraordinaire, invited several guests, including press and travel agents, to join him for an afternoon outing on Sir John, his fishing boat. A motorized rubber raft ferried the first boatload from the beach to Sir John, anchored several hundred yards offshore. The raft returned to shore, loaded up the second group and set off on its little voyage. Midway between beach and boat, a mini-Titanic occurred in about 12 feet of water. The raft, which apparently had sprung a leak, filled with water and capsized, toppling its cargo into the drink. Stewart, who was perched on the deck of his craft awaiting his guests, immediately stripped off his T-shirt, chucked his neon-blue sunglasses and dived into the maelstrom. Fortunately, no one was drowning, no one required an armlock around the neck and everyone made it safely to Sir John, where tropical drinks and dry towels awaited. What didn't make it were several cameras, notebooks, tote bags, flip-flops and sunglasses. Divers were assigned to poke about the turquoise depths the next day in search of the bounty, but Insider -- who watched the capsizing from shore -- was not around long enough to learn whether they came up with anything. Now we're really curious what the next Sandals or Beaches openings will have in store. This one is going to prove a tough act to follow.

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