T&T: Bodies of drowning victims recovered

Trinidad Guardian:-  The bodies of the two cousins who drowned after a boating accident off Manzanilla on Easter Sunday washed ashore, yesterday.

The bodies of Darion Curtis Simon, 22 and Devon Wendell Trotman, 29, a WASA employee, both of St Joseph Street, Foster Road, Sangre Grande, were recovered around 11.30 am along the Manzanilla shoreline by a beachgoer, police said.

The two cousins were on their first camping trip with three other relatives for the Easter long weekend.

According to reports, around 2.30 pm on Easter Sunday the men rented the boat and went out to sea.

However, the engine apparently failed and the rough waves capsized boat.

The men, who were not wearing life jackets, were thrown overboard into the water.

Brian Courtier, 34, a barber and father of three, Sheldon Bethelemy 39, a father of three and Asfa Trotman, 39 all of Foster Road, climbed onto the boat while Simon and Trotman disappeared under the choppy water.

Three young men who were on the beach witnessed the incident and went to their assistance. They were joined by lifeguards from Manzanilla and the men were brought to shore.

Other lifeguards, as well as Coast Guard divers, went in search of the men but were unsuccessful on Sunday.

PC Ramroop and WPC Gonzales of Manzanilla police visited the scene.

The tragedy has plunged the Foster Road community into sadness.

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