West Indies captain Darren Sammy on Sunday, expressed his condolences to the families of those killed when a bus fell off a cliff into the ocean in his country, the eastern Caribbean island of St Lucia.
Sammy said it was the most tragic accident in the history of the island.
"My heart goes out to the (Duggard) community and families in this tragic time," said Sammy, who is a member of the same community.
He is also the first member of the island to find a place in the West Indies cricket team.
"Being a positive person, I intend to use this as a motivation to go out there to play well. If there is one thing that could bring a smile in such times is to see a West Indies team win," he told the media on the eve of the second cricket Test between India and the West Indies here.
As many as 17 people died after the bus fell off a cliff into the ocean Nov 10.
The bus driver was a friend of Sammy's father.