A post mortem examination has been scheduled for Thursday on young suspected drowning victim, Reyes Smith, relatives say.
The seven year old died last week.
His mother Karena Smith told St Lucia Times that she, her two daughters, Reyes and the children’s grandmother went down to the Jetrine river in Saltibus.
Smith said the community had been without water for about a week and residents went to the river to bathe.
She recalled that she later told Reyes to accompany her to get some mangoes ‘up river.’
Smith explained that when it started getting late she sent the boy back in the company of two adults.
“When he reached half way he decided to come back,” the grieving mother told St Lucia Times.
“I went a little higher up to get some mangoes from another mango tree. When I went to look for the mangoes there had three people in the river – two gentlemen and one girl. The girl’s boyfriend told my boyfriend that Reyes went up but he came back and he went down the river,” Smith recounted.
She disclosed that upon learning that the child had gone ‘down river’, they went to look for him.
It was only after several others joined in the search that the boy was eventually found.
Emergency officials said seven year old Reyes Smith was unresponsive when an ambulance transported him from the Jetrine river to St Jude Hospital.
He was later pronounced dead.
Smith described her deceased only son as having been a helpful little boy.
“He used to feel like he was the man of the house. He would help you, he would console you if he saw you sad. He was bright, an intelligent little boy,” the 32-year old mother told St Lucia Times.
Reyes was a student of the Saltibus Combined school.