PRESS RELEASE – Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony has expressed sorrow and condolences to the family of Cletus Estephan, who drowned in the Bexon River during the heavy rains on Friday past. It was reported that Cletus was attempting to save a cow from drowning.
In a statement issued today, Monday, November 9, 2015, the Prime Minister said,
“I am very saddened by the news that thirty-nine-year-old Cletus Estephan perished in the raging Bexon River as a result of the weather system on Friday. The circumstances surrounding his death are very unfortunate and sad. This is an untimely death that has now left four children without a father.
I wish to express my condolences to his family, especially his children. I know this tragic loss will forever change their lives. I call on all Saint Lucians to reach out to offer assistance and comfort to the grieving families.
This is also a difficult time for many who stood on the riverbank, as Estephan struggled to hold on. Some attempted to help him but unfortunately he was taken away by the raging waters. I applaud the efforts of those who sought to help. In situations like these, onlookers are left traumatized and often blame themselves for the death of the victims. Indeed, this is a sad ending to accept. I offer my prayers and ask all Saint Lucians to do the same. May you all, with time, be healed from the pain that you now feel.
“I remain thankful that the incident on Jeremie Street did not result in any loss of life. The circumstances in which a manhole was uncovered are being investigated.”