The body of an adult male discovered floating about one mile off Anse Cochon beach near Anse La Raye on Sunday, October 26, 2014 has been identified as one of two persons reported missing.
The body has been identified as Francis Clavier, 55, of Anse La Verde, Anse La Raye. His grandson, seven-year-old boy, Tyree Prentice, is still missing.
Tyree’s father, Ashley Prentice, 29, of Soufriere, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that his son was last seen on Saturday in the care of his grandfather. Tyree does not live with his father.
Ashley, a mechanic, told SNO that it is believed the deceased and his grandson went kayaking on Saturday, en route to Tikaye Resort where Tyree’s mother works.
Ashley said this is evident based on the fact that shoes belonging to his son and the man were discovered on the beach where the kayak was last seen.
The father said he was told that the kayak had a hole. He said the elder man was most likely unaware that the vessel was leaking until it was too late. The kayak belonged to someone else.
Ashley said he discovered his son was missing on Monday afternoon when he was notified that his son did not turn up for school. He said the grandfather sometimes takes the son to school.
He described the relationship between Tyree and his grandfather as “close”.
A search by the Marine unit is currently underway for young Tyree – Ashley’s only child.