Monday 9 December, 2019

Two drown after 8 swept away at Argyle Water Fall

Update November 17, 2019, 6.33pm:

Two teenagers have drowned after a group of people were swept away by a surge of water at Argyle Water Fall on Sunday afternoon.

Tobago House of Assembly's Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles said he is deeply saddened and disturbed by the tragic incident.

“Today is truly a sad day.  Not just for the two families and friends affected by this tragedy but for all of Tobago because this could have happened to any one of us or our children.  I extend sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of the deceased at this time,” he said.

According to reports from TEMA, at around 2:45 pm today, a group of young persons from Argyle and environs was swept away from the third level of the Argyle Water Fall by the river, owing to the heavy rainfall in the forest.

TEMA reports confirm that 15-year-old Khrisha Thompson of Belle Garden got into difficulty and 19-year-old Chrisson Walters of Argyle attempted to assist her. 

Reportsa confirm that both Thompson and Walters were discovered unresponsive by search teams.

Chief Secretary Charles is calling on all of Tobago to pray, support and comfort the families and loved ones of Khrisha Thompson (deceased) and Chrisson Walters (deceased) during this period of mourning. 

Charles said, “The next few days, months and even years will not be easy.  The THA will lend assistance where possible, especially in the area of counselling and emotional support.”

He also extended sympathy to the affected families on behalf of the Tobago House of Assembly and his family.  

At the time of issuing this release, the Chief Secretary was on his way to visit the families of the deceased.

Original story:

An outing to Argyle Falls, Tobago, turned into a disaster after eight persons were reportedly swept away by a surge of water. 

According to reports, eight people were swept away by the water which overflowed its banks. 

The incident took place around 3.00 pm on Sunday afternoon.

Six people were rescued and were responsive, however two persons who were rescued were said to be unresponsive.

Fire officials are at the scene and members of the CERT team and TEMA have been mobilised. 

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More as this story develops.

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