The authorities are investigating the suspected drowning of an unidentified young adult male at the Vigie beach this afternoon, sometime between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Eyewitnesses told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that the victim is of light complexion, appears to be in his late 20’s to early 30’s and sported a dread-locked hairstyle.
SNO was told that the victim arrived at the beach in a white Honda CRV and then sat under a coconut tree where he smoked – what is suspected to be marijuana – for sometime before going into the water.
Eyewitnesses said he was observed bathing in the water for about 10 to 15 minutes until they received reports by a couple that he had gotten into difficulty.
According to the eyewitnesses, a female said she heard the man shout but couldn’t make out clearly what he said. The female, according to witnesses then saw the victim go under the water completely and became concerned when he didn’t resurface.
She then alerted the boyfriend who then alerted other persons on the beach.
The Coast Guard recovered the body from the water, not too far from shore and then returned to base.
Police officers arrived on the scene shortly after to search the deceased man’s sports utility vehicle for identification.
One of the eyewitnesses told SNO that she was shocked to observe the man’s lifeless body being removed from the water after seeing him alive not too long before, smoking by himself under the coconut tree.
More details later.