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Family Member Says Suspected Drowning Victim Was A Good Swimmer

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A family member has disclosed that suspected drowning victim Selva Donatien was a good swimmer.

The family member told St. Lucia Times that the 36-year-old carpenter was originally from Saltibus but lived in Gros Islet.

Gros Islet police received the suspected drowning report at about 8:05 am on Sunday.

But on arrival at the Gros Islet beach, the officers learned that an ambulance had transported Donatien to the Gros Islet Polyclinic.

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A release from the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) said a medical practitioner later pronounced him dead.

Family members described the deceased as quiet, jovial, kind, and good-hearted.

They said he loved football but would sometimes experience cramps when he played the game.
“We are missing him,” a family member told St. Lucia Times.



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  1. Yep, Always playing Beach fball. Me nah go after no ball in the water after sweating. He was nice guy for true. Sad

  2. Based on the above information, it is likely that he could have suffered a cramp while swimming, and was unable to help himself in the water. Hope the rest of us can learn something from this tragedy. For example, always swim under the watchful eyes of friends because in the blink of an eye things can change for the worse! R.I.P. Selva Donatien.

  3. but any good swimmer would know that when cramps hold you that you try to go on your back and float till it goes away. But then again its a different thing when you are actually in the situation and you panic.

  4. 😭😭😭 That’s so sad I would never do that if I were you!! 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭please rest in heaven and this is the last time I saw you on earth!!! Be well my little little one brother be well!!!!! 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 rip!

  5. I watched the rescue on Facebook and was perplexed at what those on the scene was doing. Proper cpr and first aid techniques might have resulted in a more favorable outcome. Note I said might have, cause the results may just have been the same.


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