Monday 30 November, 2020

Father of drowned man donates lifebuoy to Three Pools, Blanchisseuse

Photo via screenshot/Facebook.

Photo via screenshot/Facebook.

A grieving father whose son drowned at Three Pools, Blanchisseuse, came together with other supporters to replace a lifebuoy which was installed there but has recently been taken. 

In a video shared to Facebook, Dennis Lalla, whose son Devante Lalla drowned at Three Pools in 2017, said that the lifebuoy was installed in the hopes that it might save another person's life. 


Lalla said they had previously installed lifebuoy there in 2018 but someone took it. He urged that people return the lifebuoy as it could mean the difference between life and death for someone.

"It's almost two years since my son Devante Lalla lost his life. Since then other sons have drowned here."

"The beauty of this place sometimes blinds people from the danger of the place. We are hoping that people are sensitive that when you remove this, you endanger someone's life. Please help us to help save a life," he said. 

Several people commented with messages of support, thanking him for his gesture.

Jillian Scott: "Deepest condolences to you and your family and thank you for helping others. Sorry that some people are so selfish and don’t care. God bless you all."

Reka N'kala Isaac: "My condolences to you and your family sir."

Carol Chin: "How heartwarming to see public spirited persons who will continue to do something for their community even though others behave in a heartless manner. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. God Bless you all."

Shivani Ramdeo: "May you find continued strength and healing Mr. Lalla. Very thoughtful act."

Vishnu Boodram: "Sorry for your loss sir, may he rest peacefully knowing that you started this initiative to save future lives. To the selfish, ignorant and nasty people who took the life saving devices God is looking and has a great plan for you. Remember karma's a bi+¿h."

In 2018, 23-year-old Isiah Mitchell died after encountering difficulty while swimming at Three Pools.

Another man, Akil Stafford, also died while at Three Pools in May 2018.

Since then, the Hiking Association called for government to install signage and lifeguards at the site.

Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: