A total of five people lost their lives in a series of unfortunate incidents over the Christmas holidays. A number of families were sent into mourning beginning on Christmas Eve with the suspected drowning in Canaries of 52 year old Robert Joseph. Two similar incidents would later be recorded at Choc and Gros Islet beaches claiming the lives of one male and one female.
It was a busy Christmas for law enforcement and Emergency personnel who responded to a number of incidents including fatalities. Acting Divisional Officer at the St. Lucia Fire Service Mr Glen Antoine says this is not unusual for this time of year. This year three drownings were recorded along with a collision which claimed two lives.
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the two male individuals as a result of the collision which occurred on Wednesday December 26, 2018, about 7:45 p.m. along the Roseau – Anse La Raye Highway. This incident brings the number of road fatalities recorded for 2018 to twenty five. The two casualties followed three suspected drownings. One on December 24th in Canaries and two on December 26th Along the Choc and Gros Islet Beaches On Monday, December 24, 2018 about 3:15 p.m. officers attached to the Canaries Police Station responded to a report of a suspected drowning at Seaside, Canaries. 52 year old Robert Joseph, resident of Extension Area, Canaries, reportedly went swimming, when he encountered difficulties returning to shore. Members of the public assisted in bringing him ashore, where efforts were made to resuscitate him, but to no avail. The body of 52 year old Keiron Benoit was fished out of the Choc Beach on Wednesday by a concerned citizen and was later pronounced dead by a medical practitioner. Later that day, Christopher Benoit Bruno, a sixty two year old resident of Gros Islet, reportedly went into the water and failed to resurface. His body was later recovered by members of the public who were in the vicinity and was later pronounced dead. Investigations are continuing into the three suspected drownings.