Tragic end to lime Body found float­ing Chil­dren ‘should be in school’

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A DAY AT THE BEACH ended trag­i­cally for a 16-year-old yes­ter­day af­ter he and his friends de­cided to take a trip to Port Fer­di­nand beach in St Peter.

Re­ports are that af­ter a cricket match at the nearby Co­leridge and Parry School was called off due to rain, Alexan­dra stu­dent Savio Fer­gus­son, who is a mem­ber of his school’s cricket team, de­cided to head to a lime at the beach.

Ac­cord­ing to sources close to the mat­ter, the boys were all swim­ming and when some of them de­cided they had had enough, they ex­ited the wa­ter, leav­ing Fer­gus­son, who was not ready to leave, be­hind

Trag­i­cally, by the time they re­turned to find him, his body was dis­cov­ered float­ing some­time around 3:05 p.m.

Po­lice pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer, Act­ing In­spec­tor Roland Cob­bler, said the boy was pulled from the wa­ter, CPR ad­min­is­tered and the am­bu­lance was sum­moned. Fer­gus­son was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

Sev­eral on­look­ers con­verged on the scene as fam­ily mem­bers – in­clud­ing mum An­ton­ala Wil­liams, Alexan­dra deputy prin­ci­pal June Browne and other school of­fi­cials – ar­rived. Wil­liams wailed as she tightly hugged her son’s body.

Phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher Ja­son Wor­rell de­scribed the fast bowler, who was also in­volved in ath­let­ics, as dy­namic.

“Last time I saw him was when he left school on Fri­day. It’s not easy see­ing one of your stu­dents on the ground dead,” Wor­rell added. (TG) A BODY WAS DIS­COV­ERED yes­ter­day af­ter­noon float­ing in the sea just off the An­i­mal Flower Cave in St Lucy.

Un­con­firmed re­ports were that it was one of the two men who were last seen fish­ing by the Con­nell Town attraction late Fri­day night. The Coast Guard had launched a search for the two fish­ing bud­dies who dis­ap­peared off the sea rocks.

Up to press time, po­lice had not re­leased the names of the men – a 38-year-old con­sta­ble from St Peter and his 49-year-old friend from St Thomas.

Around 9 a.m. on Satur­day, an em­ployee of the cave raised the alarm af­ter spot­ting the fishermen’s equip­ment but did not see them. (TG)

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these courts.”

The mag­is­trate said “some­thing was telling me” to talk to the boy, then en­gage him in con­ver­sa­tion. He asked him if he had ever heard of Dr Martin Luther King, to which the boy replied “no”.

In shock, he re­peated the ques­tion, adding “the civil rights ac­tivist”, but the an­swer was still the same.

“It both­ers me when I see young men com­ing to court. It also bog­gles my mind. You should be in school in­volved in sports, get­ting an ed­u­ca­tion. It’s only an al­le­ga­tion but do you re­alise you are not only an em­bar­rass­ment to your school, but to your par­ents?” he asked.

It was last week that some PSV op­er­a­tors in­di­cated they would no longer be trans­port­ing school­child­ren. This, they de­clared, was in an at­tempt to stop the law­less­ness and van­dal­ism with oc­curred on their buses.

How­ever, Roy Raphael, chair­man of the Al­liance of Own­ers of Pub­lic Trans­port, warned op­er­a­tors against the stance, say­ing that while he re­ceived com­plaints about the be­hav­iour of school­child­ren, PSV driv­ers were man­dated by law to trans­port them.

The in­ci­dent was also fol­lowed by a stab­bing of a school­boy by an­other, aboard a school bus along Seav­iew, St James.

PO­LICE ON THE BEACH where the 16-year-old crick­eter drowned. (Pic­tures by Ri­cardo Lea­cock.)

PO­LICE PUB­LIC RE­LA­TIONS OF­FI­CER, Act­ing In­spec­tor Roland Cob­bler (right), speak­ing to (from sec­ond right) Savio Fer­gus­son’s mother, An­ton­ala Wil­liams, Pas­tor San­dra Hol­ford and deputy prin­ci­pal of Alexan­dra, June Browne, at the scene. (GP) SAVIO FERGUSSO

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