A visually impaired member of the Guyana cricket team, participating in a blind cricket tournament in St. Lucia, died during a beach outing on Friday, July 31, CMC has reported.
The deceased has been identified as 28-year-old Gordon Sandiford.
An official of the St. Lucia Blind Welfare Association (SLBWA) told CMC that when weekend rains made play impossible, some of the cricketers went on various outings.
Reports are that Sandiford was at a beach in the north of the island when he encountered difficulty in the water.
He was taken to shore and CPR was administered. However, he died while on his way to hospital via ambulance.
Cricketers and officials have expressed shock at the death, describing Sandiford as a very outgoing individual.
They attended a debriefing session Saturday conducted by Clinical Psychologist Dr. Franklin Bray.