Tuesday, November 19, 2019

A Bet Blamed For Suspected Drowning In Soufriere

A bet between friends has been blamed for the suspected drowning Friday of a man in his thirties at Baron’s Drive, Soufriere.

It’s the second such incident in Saint Lucia in the past two weeks.

The deceased in the latest one has been identified as Leonard Hippolyte, alias ‘Manu‘ said to be in his thirties.

His older brother, Benjamin Hippolyte told St Lucia Times that he was at work when his sibling died shortly before 4:00 p.m.

“Whilst coming home from work I saw some guys on the sea wall and they told me that my brother took a bet with a next guy – $20 and the other guy sending $40,” Benjamin recalled.

He explained that the challenge was for his brother to swim underwater and reach a boat that was some distance away, before resurfacing for air.

Benjamin said his brother never resurfaced, his dead body being fished out of the sea some time later when others went to his aid after it was realized that he had encountered difficulty.

The deceased, a fisherman by profession, is said to have been a strong swimmer.

But it was reported by Benjamin and others in the community that he had been consuming alcohol before the incident.

He said the wager was between the deceased and a friend.

According to Benjamin, the entire family of the deceased is devastated at the tragedy.

Leonard Hippolyte was the father of a nine-year old boy.

On Christmas Eve Day, a wager involving two men in the fishing village of Canaries led to the suspected drowning of one of them.

According to law enforcement authorities, Robert Joseph, also known as “Jilien”, 52, went swimming near the jetty in Soufriere, encountered difficulty, and died in the water.

It was reported that Joseph undertook to swim to a certain point as a result of a $100 wager with another man.


  1. LMAO. Ok whiles we busy trying to legalise or de criminalise Marijuana let’s criminalize alcohol. The obvious evidence is there. Are we gonna allow another human being to die as a result of alcohol influence? I remember a stabbing of friends in Riviere Mitant, fatal accidents last year. SMH. And they’re all grown ups. Imagine what alcohol influence foes to our younger minds.

    • SMH…..are you going to ban vehicles because people drive irresponsibly and cause accidents/death?
      Are you going to ban candles because they cause houses to burn?

      • Offcourse he making sense…alcohol is peer evil…nothing good comes from it so yes the gov’t should take steps and criminalize.i guess evil runs the world and it’s just the way they want it.they turn everything inside out and upside down,taking out what is and putting what’s not….for instants making weed illegal and making bulling legal….FIRE BUNN but only time will tell.Hey!read my name as a constant reminder.

  2. Verse of the Day
    January 6
    Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
    1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: 2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, 6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, 7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, 8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

  3. To drown or not to drown, that is the question which one must ask when stupid and reckless bets are made. Smh.

  4. The first drowning was in Canaries. Please correct “According to law enforcement authorities, Robert Joseph, also known as “Jilien”, 52, went swimming near the jetty in Soufriere, encountered difficulty, and died in the water.”

  5. All of us that like water have played this,its the challenge.This is the most dangerous of all the water sports,that exist.This is a profesional sport,but it requires a lot of tecnical training.A normal spear fisherman can take a deep breath and go under the water and remain for around 2 1|2 minutes,and come up to surface.A highly trained can remain more than 5 minutes under water.When you take a couple of deep breaths and go down,we call this action doing APNEA,when you do this you hold your breath for as long as you can,so you are comanding your brain to fight the need for taking a breath,and expeling the contaminated air in your lungs,that is piling up with every heart beat,your lungs make use of all the air in their reserve area wich normaly is never used.It comes a moment that the contaminated air will sart triggering the alarm sensors in your brain,and your brain will trigger a black out,were you faint,the brain does this to protect you,from forcing you to stop breathing.When you faint or pass out,you are no more in control and your mouth opens and you start taking in water,you drown,as you drown you get a heart atack,emmidiately after,in a quick secuence,you die.Autopsi will call it drowning,but the heart atack is the killer,some survive after being more than 10 minutes under the water,and rescuers know what to do quickly.You want to play this game,you need two friends,lie on the floor in a balcony on your back,one of your buddies covers your nose and mouth with a rag nice and tight,keep one hand raised,the other buddie times you with a whatch,when you drop your arm,thats the signal to remove the rag from your mouth,dropping your arm can be under your comand,and if you pass out your arm will come down kind of heavier.Dont kill yourselves playing this game,but see how far yo can go,just to brag about it.At least you are not in the water,have fun.

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