The quick response of three National Insurance Corporation (NIC) employees was not enough to save the life of a young male, who reportedly fell into the sea at the Castries Harbour, Tuesday morning.
Bradley Nelson, 27, of Arundell Hill, Castries died after he fell into the sea on April 15, 2014.
Police said Nelson was reportedly walking on the sidewalk along John Compton Highway, Castries when he fell into the harbour.
He was rescued from the water and transported to Victoria Hospital via ambulance where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
National Insurance Corporation (NIC) employee S. Thomy, who helped to pull the deceased out of the water, told Saint Lucia News Online (SNO) that the incident occurred about 11:40 a.m.
He explained that he, an NIC security guard and a female NIC employee were the ones who came to the aid of the young man, who was seen floating in the sea.
Thomy explained that they was alerted by a woman about Nelson’s predicament while standing with the security guard in the lobby of the NIC building.
Upon hearing her call, Thomy said he initially thought someone’s bag had gotten stolen but he later realised that there was a body floating in the sea when he and his co-workers went to check.
Thomy said he immediately called to the security guard to fetch a lifesaver, which was located on the waterfront, and he proceeded to help the woman pull the young man’s body out of the sea.
He said when questioned, the female employee said she had seen the deceased floating in the water, blowing bubbles with his mouth but did not pay him too much attention. However she got concerned when the bubbles stopped and the deceased’s head did not emerge from the water.
Thomy said Nelson was fully clothed and his bag and other belongings had been on the waterfront.
According to Thomy, the victim was a familiar face, whom he had not formally known.
A blogger in seeking to thank the female NIC employee who attempted to save the man’s life said, “I would like to thank the front desk officer posted at the National Insurance Co-operation (NIC) for her bravery in removing the body from the water. He was alive when she took him out but later passed away on the side walk.”