Girl drowns at Golden Creek -man who at­tempted res­cue miss­ing

-man who at­tempted res­cue miss­ing

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Birth­day cel­e­bra­tions for a 13-year-old girl and a 50year-old man at the Rock­stone Fish­ing Fes­ti­val in Re­gion 10 ended trag­i­cally yes­ter­day with the teen drown­ing and the man who went to save her miss­ing and pre­sumed dead.

Dead is Kime­anda Prince, a sec­ond form stu­dent of the Hous­ton Sec­ondary School and of Nor­ton Street, Bagot­stown, East Bank De­mer­ara. Miss­ing is Gavin Moses who lives on the West Coast of De­mer­ara.

The great aunt of Prince, Betty (only name given), told Stabroek News that the child and her mother, Sharda Jeet­lall and her younger sis­ter left for the Rock­stone Fish Fes­ti­val yes­ter­day for cel­e­bra­tions as it was Prince’s 13th birth­day. She said that the child’s father, Richard An­drews did not go but re­ceived a call from his younger daugh­ter some­time af­ter four yes­ter­day af­ter­noon alert­ing him that her sis­ter had drowned.

He im­me­di­ately left for Lin­den and when this news­pa­per vis­ited their Bagot­stown res­i­dence it was told that he was keep­ing pe­ri­odic tabs by cell­phone as he up­dated the fam­ily.

This news­pa­per was told by an at­tendee of the event, who asked not to be named, that the fam­ily was at the fish­ing fes­ti­val ear­lier in the day but left by boat for a lo­ca­tion called Golden Creek to swim.

“We spoke to the mother and Moses ear­lier (in the af­ter­noon) and was told that the girl was cel­e­brat­ing her 13th birth­day and that Moses cel­e­brated his 50th (birth­day) yes­ter­day (Satur­day). She (Prince) was run­ning around with other chil­dren play­ing. It seems they de­cided to go to

the fes­ti­val to cel­e­brate both birth­days.

“But they left and took a boat over to Golden Creek to swim and then we heard that two peo­ple just drown,” the at­tendee added.

It was re­lated that Prince and an­other cousin were in the wa­ter swim­ming when they un­know­ingly ven­tured into a part of the creek “that Mon Tues Oct 30, 2017 Oct 31, 2017 had a drop and was very deep”.

“They started shout­ing for help and the man (Moses) jumped in the wa­ter to save them but couldn’t swim him­self,” the at­tendee said.

The other fe­male teen was res­cued by her sis­ter but Prince went down and when Moses jumped into the wa­ter he man­aged to grab hold of her and pushed her to the top where she was col­lected by other per­sons who 12:45 - 14:15 hrs 13:30 - 15:00 hrs had re­sponded to the alarm calls.

How­ever, Moses him­self went down and ef­forts to save him were fu­tile. Sev­eral per­sons dived and searched the area where he went down but up to press time he was not found.

At­tempts to re­sus­ci­tate Prince were fu­tile. She was taken to the Lin­den Hospi­tal Com­plex where she was pro­nounced dead.

Kime­anda Prince

Gavin Moses

Kime­anda Prince

Gavin Moses

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