The name of Wednesday’s drowning victim has been released


REAL NEWS: The name of Wednesday’s drowning victim has been released, and he has been identified as Ian Wilford.

Reports say that, on the morning of January 25, Wilford, 42, along with his wife, Julie, and three other people – the boat captain, a female dive master, and another man – went diving three miles off Ffryes Beach.

Reportedly, while on the boat, at about 9 a.m., the dive master briefed the passengers on what should and should not be done.

Then, at about 9:30 a.m., they proceeded into the water and descended to about 30 feet, at which time, Wilford, a Canadian national, began to complain of ear problems.

The others reportedly left him and continued to descend to 55 feet. However, when they resurfaced about 45 minutes later, they did not see Wilford.

A search was carried out in the surrounding area, but they did not find him.

The group subsequently informed the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force Coast Guard, two helicopters, and a French boat; and  a further search reportedly was conducted – without success.

However, when Shane Tonge, a diver from Urlings, carried out a subsequent search, he found Wilford’s diving glass at a depth of 30 feet,  and his body at about 55 feet down.

The body reportedly was removed by Coast Guard personnel and taken to their base.

Wilford was pronounced dead by Dr. Affie Charles Barton at about 2:40 p.m.  Corner Ngaio Emanuel-Edwards was informed and she gave permission to remove the body, which was taken to the Barnes funeral Home at the request of the family.

The Bolans Police Station was notified about the drowning at about 3:15 p.m. by officers from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

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    • This article is about a man who drowned
      There are a lot of articles where you can post your political drivel. Or you are still mad a board position slipped through your fingers. Give it at least a year before you start campaigning jack
      We’re still waiting on the FBI. (That was sarcasm incase you missed it).

  1. You catch difficulty and get lef alone in the sea by everyone ? Somebody shoulda make sure the man reach back to the boat before they continue. Suchva simple thing woulda save a life.

  2. That is indeed a tragedy. Maybe nothing could have been done maybe something could have been done. The ones amongst us who were close to the situation should check to ensure that our safety precautions are at a level where it should be. Safety first my peoples.

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