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Father of 2 feared drowned

By CECILY ASSON Tuesday, April 15 2014

A TEAM of three divers from the Coast Guard yesterday joined the search for private bus driver Alex Denesh Sookhoo, 29, a father of two who is feared drowned after he failed to resurface from the choppy waters of Columbus Bay in Cedros where he had gone to bathe on Sunday.

Sookhoo of Lowkie Trace, Penal and his relatives including children Anjalie, five, and Anjanie, two, and friends went to Columbus Bay for a day of relaxation. A police report stated at about 2.30 pm, Sookhoo got into difficulties when he entered the water and disappeared below. He failed to resurface and an alarm was raised. Officers of the Cedros Police Station visited the scene. Sister Charlene Sookhoo who was among relatives at the beach told Newsday they did not even enter the water yet when they received chilling news that Alex may have drowned.

“We were all walking toward the beach when a friend called out that Alex had told him the back lights of the maxi were still on. The friend turned back and we continued our walk,” Sookhoo said.

A few minutes later, her brother’s friend would come over to the area where family members were sitting and ask if Alex was with them. “The friend asked if Alex had come to where we were and I said ‘no’.

He then told me that it looked as if Alex had drowned as he was nowhere to be found. I told him Alex was playing games but the friend said Alex had disappeared,” Sookhoo said.

She said they were later told by other persons on the beach that her brother ventured out into the water near the “three sisters” (rocks in the water) and was swept out further to sea by a strong current.

Sookhoo’s girlfriend and mother of his children Stacey Ramgattie who is abroad is expected to return home soon. Sookhoo described her brother as a person who cared deeply for his family.

“He was close to his children and was a real family man who hardly limed anywhere. It was work and home,” Sookhoo said.

Relatives including their father Namdeo Sookhoo spent Sunday night into Monday morning hoping and praying for his son’s body to surface. The family later complained they were not satisfied with the response of the Coast Guard.

“They didn’t come yesterday (Sunday) saying it was too late when we called and promised to come here early this morning but they never reach until half past nine,” Sookhoo said. When contacted Public Relations Officer of the Coast Guard Lt Commander Kirk Jean-Baptiste in offering his condolences to the family told Newsday their divers would continue the search tomorrow. Jean-Baptiste explained that it would have been too late on Sunday for divers to conduct a search for the missing man. Officers of the Cedros Police Station are continuing investigations.

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