Monday 15 July, 2019

Watch: Tragic tale behind partially submerged van on North Coast

Viral videos showing a partially submerged van in the waters off the North Coast of Trinidad has a tragic story behind it, according to police. 

Local media company Island Kidz shared a video online on Sunday, showing the partially submerged vehicle, which caused a stir from the public as to how it got there. 

However, the group said that after enquiring with police officials who were at the scene, they discovered that the incident was the result of a failed suicide attempt. 

"Today the Island Kidz stumbled upon this partially submerged Ford ranger in Damien's Bay. According to the police on scene, it was the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt. Fortunately the individual is alive and recuperating."

"We would like to express our sympathy as he fell victim to this silent epidemic, and we’d also like to remind persons to ask for help if their problems become too overwhelming."

'Persons in need of assistance can call the hotline at 231-2824 on Monday to Friday between the hours 7.30am to 3.30 pm, 220-3636 from 6pm to 6am. Also, you can contact LifeLine at"

Police officials confirmed that the matter was being treated as a failed suicide attempt.

In March 2017 it was revealed that Trinidad and Tobago had the third highest number of suicides per 100,000 people, higher than the US. 

Professor Gerard Hutchinson, Head of Clinical Medical Sciences at the University of the West Indies (UWI) said males account for the majority of suicides even though more women attempt unsuccessfully to take their lives. 

Persons suffering from suicidal thoughts are urged to contact the following hotlines:

Lifeline TT: 800-5588, 645-2800, 231-2824, or 220-3636. 

Mental Health Unit (Information Centre): 285-9126 ext. 2577, 2573

Emergency Care Resources, St Ann's Psychiatric Hospital, St Ann's Road, St Ann's: 624-1151-5

Mental Health Unit (NCRHA/EWMSC), Uriah Butler Highway, Champs Fleurs: 645-3232 ext 2542

San Fernando General Hospital, Ward One

Independence Avenue, San Fernando: 652:3581 ext 3221. 

A list of Mental Health Clinics can be found online here:


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