Search continues for bodies swept out at sea in St. Vincent

St. Vincent missing

The bodies of two people were recovered on Monday, but the search is continuing for two others, who were swept out to sea while on a beach in south east of St Vincent and the Grenadines on Sunday, nearly one year after six people in a speedboat traveling from Canouan to Mustique disappeared without a trace.

Neither the boat nor its occupants have ever been found and in Sunday’s mishap Curtley Daniel, 29, his 10-year-old nephew, Jevorn Junior Phillip, along with 13-year-old Jonathan Welcome, and 10-year-old Isaiah Shallow, were swept out to sea while bathing at Breakers, which is notorious for its unpredictable and dangerous currents.

Civilian divers, who turned out to support the efforts of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Coast Guard, recovered the bodies of Welcome and Daniel.

The Coast Guard said that visibility is poor and there is a swift current going in the direction of the open sea as well as a three foot deposit of seaweed on the seabed.

Jevorn Phillip, father of the missing boy said the four were playing in the water when a waves came suddenly and “wrapped them up.”

The younger of Phillip’s sons and at least one other child were saved, reportedly when an adult instructed them to swim towards her, then snatched them from the water.

Phillip said he was not at home on Sunday when his brother took the children to the beach.

The search is continuing for the other two missing people, with swimmers ignoring an uprooted Coast Guard sign warning of “Dangerous and Unpredictable Underwater Currents. Swimming not recommended.”


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