A man who was found motionless in the Roseau River this morning (May 6) and thought to have been dead, has been detained by the Marigot police, but sources say he will not be charged.
Police said a report was received at about 9:15 a.m. of a dead body in the river. The lawmen proceeded to the scene.
However, on further inspection, and to everyone’s shock, the man showed signs of life. The man was handcuffed by the police, placed in a police van and taken to the station. It is not sure if he will be charged with a crime or not. A police source said the man has not committed an offense.
An eyewitness told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that the man, who appears to be of unsound mind, was seen in the water motionless. Reports that the man did not respond when concerned onlookers shouted at him in an effort to see if he was alive.
“When the police came they ran the yellow tape around an area and then proceeded to the body,” he said.
“Since the body was in the water no one went to make sure if the man was dead or not until the officer saw the body move,” the eyewitness added. “Then the guy’s brother went in a little closer and shook some branch he was on in the water and the man just woke up.”
A large crowd gathered at the scene. Many expressed anger with the man who was thought to be dead. A few others remarked that the man is a “mad man,” who is sometimes seen in the area “doing his thing.”
“Lock up the man gasa,” one man shouted, a similar sentiment expressed by many others at the scene.
“Choops, waste of the police time,” another said.
A man in the crowd told SNO that he has never seen such a large crowd at a Marigot fete.
“Everyone stopped what they were doing when they heard the news and came here,” he said.
A young woman jokingly called the man Lazarus, who is the subject of a prominent miracle attributed to Jesus in the Gospel of John, in which Jesus restores him to life four days after his death.