The police are currently investigating an apparent drowning incident that took place at Pigeon Point Beach.
It was reported that around 4:20 pm on Sunday 23rd January, 23yr old Jahmali Smith of Swetes, along with other close relatives and friends apparently went to Pegion Point Beach to bathe.
It was further reported that he went into the water, and some time after he was not seen.
An immediate search was conducted in the area by the police with the assistance of the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force Coast Guard and the Antigua and Barbuda Search and Rescue(ABSAR).
The lifeless body of Smith was discovered floating in shallow water of the said beach around 11:23 pm.
A doctor arrived on the scene and pronounced him dead shortly after 1am on Monday.
Further investigations are ongoing.
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Sigh . . . .
My condolences to the family. This is very saddening.
Condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.
These are hard economic times and therefore a call for lifeguards to be placed at popular beach spots is not, in my opinion, a feasible call, but we can try to think outside of the box and perhaps when going to enjoy the therapeutic and fun of our beaches, we, the beach goers, ascertain that amongst our group there are two or three persons who are (a) at least strong swimmers with some knowledge of basic life saving skills at sea. Now I already hear the naysayers, but there are agencies which provide this training. I know St. John’s Ambulance for sure and also Red Cross. There may be others. However, it is incumbents on us, to be aware of safety methods, how to navigate the waters on our shore responsibly, teach our children from as early as possible to respect our waters. Always, always have someone on lookout for the swimmers in our group and DO NOT PULL PRANKS, crying wolf will probably deny someone help when they do actually need it. I am very sorry to have heard of this young man’s demise and it does seem as though an alarm was sounded, just not early enough.
May his parents, siblings and friends be comforted at this time in their grief.
Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock!
“Bitter constraint and sad occasion dear
Compels me to disturb your season due;
During this most difficult period of Covid isolation when many would seek comfort, wholesome physical activity, meditation and inner tranquility in the healing waters on the “encirclement ring” where “the beach is just the beginning.”
For Jahmali is dead, dead ere his prime,
Young Jahmali, and hath not left his peer.”
Condolences to his Family, Friends, Colleagues and fellow travelers!
“Who would not (weep) for Jahmali? …
He must not float upon his wat’ry bier
Unwept, and welter to the parching wind,
Without the meed of some melodious tear.” – John Milton!
Very touching poem indeed.
I thank you for your words of consolation.
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