Missing Fisherman Tried To Swim To Shore


The 73-year-old man who is missing after a boating incident tried to swim his way to safety, it has been revealed.

The search is continuing for Urell Hodge of Carlisle Estate, the owner of the vessel.

He decided to leave fellow fishermen Winston Lawrence, Bernard Mills and Bishop Derrick Benta who were clinging on to their capsized fishing boat about half a mile offshore.

The men were rescued this morning about 7:30 a.m by the Coast Guard.

It is reported that they were fishing about 2 a.m when their boat began to take on water.

While making their way back to the Parham Harbour, the vessel encountered difficulty and capsized.

Adam Anton who runs a local kitesurfing business told state media that he spoke to the relatives of the missing man.

“The gentleman who is 73-years-old said ‘I am a strong swimmer so I’m just going to go ahead and swim back to shore…and that was the last they saw of him.”

Several items belonging to Hodge, including his bag have been found along the beach.

The search continues with the hope that he will be be found alive. 

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  1. Best thing is to just float and wait for help to arrive, especially if your not too far away from shore. Once you become tired in the ocean, your dead.

  2. It was just November 6th, I saw and talked to him. He was attending his flower garden. He had encouraged me to continue pray and fast for my son to be free from alcohol, drugs and bad influence/company. A man who always have a spiritual encouraging words for you. I pray that he is found alive and to God be the glory.

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