August 03, 2022
Police yesterday reported that three people died in suspected drownings in separate incidents. In the first incident, police said a woman on Andros died after attempting to rescue a child who was drowning.
In the second incident, the body of a boy, who police on Grand Bahama were searching for since Monday, was pulled from waters in Deadman’s Reef.
Finally, in the latest incident, police said the body of a boy was discovered partially submerged in a pond on the grounds of the Oakes Field Sports Centre Golf Academy in Yellow Elder Gardens yesterday.
Chief Superintendent Chrislyn Skippings said golfers made the grim discovery around 5:30 p.m.
The boy is believed to be between 10 and 12-years-old, she said.
“At present, we do not know who this child is nor has our department received the report of a missing child,” she said.
“It is against that backdrop that I wish to send a firm message to parents that you need to know where your children are. You need to ensure that your children are with a responsible adult. Let me say emphatically that if our investigation reveals that this particular incident, that there was some form of child neglect, you will see the parent or parents being charged in connection with this matter.”
The boy was partially clothed, only wearing boxers, Skippings said.
She added that it was unclear if he was swimming with other boys.
Skippings appealed to anyone with information to contact police.
On Andros, police said a woman was swimming with her family in Staniard Creek around 1 p.m. when a child she was swimming with became distressed.
Police said the woman attempted to rescue the child but she, too, became distressed.
A man was able to rescue the child but the woman was found in an unresponsive state a short time later.
She was taken to the local clinic, where she was pronounced dead.
Regarding the incident on Grand Bahama, police said they received reports of a drowning in Deadman’s Reef on Monday, July 1, but made no discovery.
“On Tuesday … shortly after 5 p.m., a team of officers along with other individuals assisted with the search of the water near Paradise Cove, Deadman’s Reef, where the lifeless body of a juvenile male was pulled from the waters,” police said.
“The victim was later transported to the Rand Memorial Hospital, where he was seen and examined by a doctor and pronounced dead.”
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