Chaddie Faucher, 21, of Derniere Riviere, Dennery told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that a “newly paced metal slab gave way” under him, causing him to drop into the drain.
Faucher said he sustained a laceration to his leg, “possibly” pulled a muscle, and damaged his phone in the process. He blames the CCC for “pure negligence” and said he is writing SNO not out of rage but out of disappointment. (Below photos of the drain and the man’s injured leg)
The injured man said he is thankful that a tourist was not involved. Interestingly, a visitor was injured in the same area some months ago when a metal slab covering the drain slashed her foot.
“…. This could have been bad publicity for a tourist destination like Saint Lucia. Tourists frequent this area all the time,” he said.
Here his Faucher’s story in its entirety:
“After having such a busy morning, I would never expect such to happen to me as I made my way to Super J, waterfront. I’m one who is always careful and alert on the streets of Castries and have even warned by friends and family to not trust any covered drains.
“But today wasn’t my day. Unfortunately, as I walked in front of La Place Carenage, just opposite the Wings of Love Boutique, one of the newly placed metal slabs gave way under me. I got a dash to my lower leg, possibly pulled a muscle and damaged my phone in the process. I might have not broken the tibia bone but right now it might have been fractured since I am experiencing so much pain. I had to quickly remove my pants with fear of being completely ruined and stained with blood from the injury.
“Honestly, I am happy that I am the victim. I was able to shield the fall somehow. However, I feel a little discomfort to my waist area. Like I said I’m elated that it wasn’t an inexperienced child or a heavier adult. It could have been a broken rib or death situation as the drain is so deep. The slab did not look shaky nor were there any signs of caution. I would never anticipate such a perfectly looking slab to give way.
“I want this message to go strongly to the CCC. By all means I will see that I get reimbursed for this accident that I believe was by pure negligence by the CCC. I am not writing out of rage but pure disappointment, because this could have been bad publicity for a tourist destination like Saint Lucia. Tourists frequent this area all the time. I want my fellow Saint Lucians to be sensitised about day-to-day safety in Castires and the CCC to make this possible for us as a people.
“I didn’t get any stitches because it’s more of a hole next to my bone area than a cut. The leg bled for the second time after I got to VH (Victoria Hospital). It got dressed but by the time I got home the pad was so soaked that blood was dripping from it again. A family member had to dress the wound with a first aid kit kept at home. I am going to seek further medical help from a doctor tomorrow. My leg felt better after seeing the nurse so didn’t see the urgent need to wait a long time for the doctor on shift.”