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Teen, British visitor missing at sea


Teen, British visitor missing at sea
Jerome Romario Edwards. (GP)

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The Police Marine Unit and Coast Guard today searched unsuccessfully for two men who were reported missing at sea in separate incidents.

Missing are Jerome Romario Edwards, 19, of Gays, St Peter and a 61-year-old British visitor.

Lawmen at ‘District E’ Police Station, Speightstown, St Peter, received a report that Edwards and three male friends went to Queen Street Beach, Speightstown about 2 p.m. today. It was reported that they all went into the sea, which was said to be “rough and choppy”.

“Around 3:30 p.m., the man was exiting the water when he was struck by a wave which knocked him under the water. He did not resurface. Persons present called for assistance in searching for him but were unsuccessful,” police said in a statement.

The Marine Unit and Coast Guard searched unsuccessfully for Edwards. The search was called off after about two hours due to poor lighting conditions.

In relation to the 61-year-old British visitor, police at the Holetown Station, Holetown, St James received a report around 8:30 a.m. today from someone who said he saw a man bathing at the beach located near The Beach House, Sunset Crest, St James.

The visitor, who was staying at a guest house in Sunset Crest, was warned repeatedly by other sea-goers not to venture into the water since it was very rough and unsafe.

He nevertheless continued and at some point was bit by a large wave.
The witness said he did not see him resurface and could not locate his body after looking for him. Police, Coast Guard and other personnel have searched both land and sea.

Investigations are ongoing. (PR)