Wallace Greenidge and Kenmore Mayers (inset). (GPs)
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A fishing trip at the Animal Flower Cave in St Lucy has turned into a tragedy.
Wallace Greenidge, 38, and Kenmore Mayers, 49, vanished at the popular fishing spot in the wee hours of Saturday morning.
The Royal Barbados Police Force began a search for the missing men, and one day later a marine patrol discovered Greenidge’s body floating just a few feet from his usual fishing spot. Up to press time, Mayers’ had not been found.
One of Greenidge’s neighbours at Four Hill, St Peter, said the community was shocked by his passing. Repeatedly, she described the police constable as “nice” and “friendly” and one who would help her cut her lawn and maintain an open lot in the area.
As she tended her garden, the woman said the former scout leader and 1998 Parish Ambassador also trained a group of women in the community.
The neighbour said Greenidge would be the first person to have his Christmas lights up, and had been preparing to do so. She said her family had been disturbed to see his body floating at sea during the Evening News on CBCTV8.
Mayers’ family is still awaiting word on his whereabouts.
A relative said the Hillaby, St Thomas resident was a very quiet but hard-working man who loved his family.
Fishing was his passion and she said that’s what the former Alleyne School student would be doing if he was not on the job at a private house in Weston, St James.
He leaves a wife and an 11-year-old son to mourn.
Meanwhile, Winston Griffith, who frequently fished with the pair, said he left his job at the Animal Flower Cave on Friday evening before they arrived. The landscaper said when he arrived on Saturday morning, he saw Mayers’ car, but not Mayers.
Griffith said he had become somewhat of a body retriever at the site and was preparing to recover his friend’s body that Sunday afternoon, but was instructed not to do so by police. He also lost a brother who fell off the cliff, but his body has never been found. (AD)