Yesterday, a group of environmental activists and journalists investigating incidents of dead fish washing ashore, spotted a man waving his hands for help, while bobbing in the water, about 30 feet away from the shoreline at Mosquito Creek.
Within minutes, the boat that was supposed to take the group out to sea arrived, and the group set off to try to find the man.
About four minutes later, CTV journalist Che Teekasingh spotted the man floating face up in the water.
There was froth coming from his mouth and he was not responsive.
Environmental activists Alain Tang Choon and Edward Moodie pulled him into the boat and Moodie, who said he is CPR certified, began trying to save the man’s life.
Environmental activist Gary Aboud meanwhile contacted an ambulance, and the boat’s captain Hosanie pointed the boat back to the shoreline.
When the paramedics arrived, they attached a defibrillator to the man whose body was still in the boat, and then transported him to the San Fernando General Hospital.
He was pronounced dead on arrival.
Police officers from the Oropouche Police Station responded and interviewed several people, including one man who claimed to have seen the victim jump off the nearby Godineau bridge bridge.
Police are currently seeking help to identify the victim who is of East Indian descent, appears to be in his late 60’s and was wearing an olive green t-shirt with black stripes and blue short pants.
He was barefooted and has a greying moustache and short grey hair.