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Man drowns after first pretending he was drowning

By RALPH BANWARIE Monday, April 21 2014

A river lime among friends ended in tragedy when their 21-year-old friend drowned in Blue basin pool at Valencia River Resort on Valencia old Road, Saturday.

Dead is Keston Austin, a labourer, of Arima who went under water and never surfaced. His body was fished out by divers at about 6.30 pm, Saturday.

Police reported that at about 5pm a group of men arrived at the Valencia River Resort, and they all seemed to be in high spirits and having fun.

The men from Arima then all decided to go for a swim in the Blue basin at the Valencia River. The Blue basin is considered to be the deepest part of the Valencia river and visitors are warned not to bathe there unless they can swim.

Austin’s friends left the river and returned to the bank where they continued to have fun, dancing to the music from their car.

Austin decided to remain in me the water and at one time pretended to be drowning, calling his friends for help, but they all believed that he was “clowning” and did not take him too seriously. They continued to enjoy themselves.

It was when they looked back and did not see Austin they became worried and dived back into the water to look for him.

The lime came to an abrupt end and the friends along with other members of the public who were also spending the evening at Valencia River Resort began diving to see if they could rescue Austin.

One of Austin’s friends told police they were shocked and cannot believe that Austin drowned as he is a good swimmer. It was at about 6.30 pm the body of Austin was found trapped under some roots in the river by a visitor.

He was fished out of the water, but was already dead. A report was made to the Valencia Police Post and a party of police officers led by Cpl Lopez and included PCs Ali, Sooklal, Sankar Hosein responded.

On arrival police discovered the body of Austin lying on the bank of the river and they cordoned off the area. District Medical officer Dr Prince viewed the body and ordered its removal to the Sangre Grande District Hospital.

PC Sooklal of Valencia Police Post is continuing inquiries.

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