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P/Valley man’s body found off Macqueripe

By RHONDOR DOWLAT Tuesday, July 21 2009

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Akeem 'Crab' Morton...
Akeem 'Crab' Morton...

THE BODY of 24-year-old Akeem ‘Crab’ Morton, who drowned during a fishing expedition in Macqueripe five days ago was sighted and fished out by members of the TT Coast Guard yesterday morning off the said Macqueripe Bay, Chaguaramas.

Morton lived at Simeon Road, Petit Valley and was a senior supervisor at Full Stop Electronics, Petit Valley.

In a release, TTCG’s Public Relations Officer, Lt Kirk Jean-Baptiste confirmed that the body was sighted at about 7.25 am floating approximately three nautical miles off Macqueripe Bay. Members of the Coast Guard fished out the body and took it to Staubles Bay.

Family, police and the District Medical Officer were called to the scene and the body was positively identified by a close friend and employer of Morton. An autopsy performed at the Forensic Science Centre in St James revealed that death was due to drowning.

On Thursday shortly after 6 pm Morton was fishing in Macqueripe and reportedly jumped into the water to recover a bait bucket that fell into the water.

After several attempts to recover the bucket, Morton reportedly got into difficulty and went under.

Coast Guard’s Interceptor and divers conducted extensive searches during the weekend based on tidal patterns and current movements, from the first Boca to Macqueripe with negative sightings.

Speaking with Newsday yesterday, one of Morton’s close friends, who wished not to be identified described him as an “angel”, “He was so nice, loving and genuine. He was like an angel sent from above.

“There was nothing he would not have done for anyone and he did it with no complains.”

On his Facebook page, Morton’s profile picture was a graphically enhanced picture of him seemingly being elevated into the sky, high above the green hills of Trinidad’s northern range with the writings “Akeem ‘Crab’ Morton, Rest in the eternal hands of the Almighty!”.

The image of his face was also enlargened and watermarked in the image of the clear blue sky in the picture.

Funeral arrangements are yet to be made.

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