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Apparent drowing off Long Wharf

  • Police officers stand next to the body of a middle-aged fisherman on Long Wharf, the victim of an apparent drowning. TORRELL GLINTON

Guardian Staff Reporter

Published: May 09, 2013

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A middle-aged fisherman apparently drowned in waters off Long Wharf yesterday morning, police reported.

Inspector Chrislyn Skippings, police press liaison officer, said police received the call regarding the submerged body around 8:45 a.m.

She said there were no visible signs of injury on the body and police did not suspect foul play.

Early morning swimmers discovered the body, according to fisherman George Woodside, who was on the scene when the body was pulled out of the water by a defence force diver.

When The Nassau Guardian arrived on the scene around 10 a.m. yesterday the man’s body was on the sand with a white cloth covering it.

Skippings said the victim appears to be between 55 and 60.

The beach at Long Wharf was closed for about an hour as police processed the scene.

“I was sitting down watching the ships and an elderly man and an elderly woman were swimming on the beach and one screamed that there is a body on the water,” Woodside said.

He said officers from the Defence Force came to the scene a short time later in a small patrol craft.

“One of the officers said he saw something in the water,” Woodside said. “The officers jumped off the boat and went in the water and recognized that it was a body.”

Woodside said the officer tied a rope around the man’s body and pulled him out of the water.

While Woodside said he did not know the victim’s name, he said he recognized him as a regular beach-goer.

“I [saw] him on the wharf fishing all the time,” Woodside said.

Another man, who also watched as officials retrieved the body, said the government needs to station life guards on public beaches so that accidents can be avoided.

With the summer months approaching, Skippings warned people who intend to go swimming to be extra careful.

She said the warning is especially for people who intend to take children to the beach.

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