MP urges caution at beaches, rivers after schoolboy’s drowning
Mayaro MP Rushton Paray is urging people to exercise caution at the nation’s beaches and rivers over the Carnival period.
His warning follows the drowning of 15-year-old Kirlon Ravallo, a student of the Guayaguayare High School, at the Pilot River, Guayaguayare last Friday.
In a statement, expressing condolences to the teen’s family, Paray urged swimmers to follow the instructions of lifeguards for their own safety.
“I urge everyone to adhere to the instructions of lifeguards and be guided by the respective flags, look after themselves and each other since swimming conditions may be challenging at this time of year.”
He pleaded with members of the public to take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of their families especially children, so as to prevent further tragedies from occurring.
MP Paray said he was saddened by the teen’s death.
“On behalf of the constituents of Mayaro I want to express my deepest condolences to the Ravallo family. This is indeed sad news and the prayers of my office are with them during this difficult time,” he said.
Ravello went swimming with three of his schoolmates around midday that day.
He jumped into the water but failed to resurface.
Despite searches by his friends and members of the Police Service and the Coast Guard, he was not found.
His body surfaced around 5 pm and was retrieved from the river by Coast Guard personnel.