Garfield Jean celebrated his 23rd birthday today, the 31st and last day of March 2013.
It is also his last day alive.
Jean, a resident of Odsan, Cul De Sac, drowned after jumping off a boat in the waters of Malgretoute Beach, Soufriere at about 3:30 p.m..
A friend who was on the boat with Jean told St. Lucia News Online that the deceased was having a good time before he decided to take the fun plunge.
“He was dancing with me. I went and pee, (by the) time I come back, he drown,” she told our news team.
She said Jean had been warned not to jump in the water.
“My aunt and nieces said they told him don’t go yet, calm down because he ate and was high. By the time I come the man was on shore and people trying to help him. His brother was crying and calling people for help. I tell him calm, don’t call death on the man yet. He (Jean) started throwing up water, so the brother calm and the ambulance moved with him,” she explained.
St. Lucia News Online was told that Jean gave his belongings to his brother before jumping into the water, shortly after the boat reached Soufriere.
Reports are that he was under water for about 10 minutes as everyone panicked.
“They had how much people around him and people panicking,” she said.
Another person with knowledge of the incident said: “A guy named Garfield from Odsan jumped from a boat under the Piton. He was on the SMJ & Bolo Boat Ride. He was drowning. They got him out of the water and gave him CPR; he coughed up a lot of water but passed out again. Ambulance picked him up. Sadly today is his birthday ….”