Monday 9 December, 2019

PDP mourns losses of teens drowned after heavy rainfall

"No effort should be spared in trying to minimise future injury or fatalities at the Argyle Waterfall park".

The comment comes from the Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP) following the deaths of two teenagers to drowning at the waterfall over the weekend.

The PDP said it mourns the untimely deaths of Kharisha Thompson and Chrislon Walters, sharing in the sadness and loss felt by friends and family of the teens.

The party urged the relevant agencies to provide counselling to treat with the Post Traumatic Stress Disorders that may result from the tragedy.

It also encouraged other friends and family to seek emotional and spiritual support, if and when needed.

Below is the full statement from the PDP:

The Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP) joins the island of Tobago in mourning the untimely deaths of Kharisha Thompson and Chrislon Walters. Our family shares in the sadness and loss. We will do all within our power to provide the necessary support that the respective families need.

We are cognisant that there is little that can be said or done to ease the pains being experienced by the affected families and the village of Argyle. No words are eloquent enough to bring sufficient comfort. No action thoughtful enough to erase the hurt. In this terrible moment, all we truly have is each other. We prayer that the love of family and village brings comfort, and that this tragedy reminds us all of the importance of loving each other and demonstrating genuine care for our neighbours.

Additionally, we hasten to urge that support also be provided to the teenagers that escaped death yesterday. The relevant state agencies must step forward in providing counselling to treat with the Post Traumatic Stress Disorders that may result from the tragedy. We also encourage other friends and family to seek emotional and spiritual support if and when needed.

Finally we encourage those involved to ensure that the safety concerns at Argyle Waterfall now being raised in the wake of this calamity are addressed posthaste. No effort should be spared in trying to minimize future injury or fatalities at the park.

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