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Two Near Drownings Hours Apart

By Licec Bastian
Journal Staff Writer

Hours after a 16-year-old teen was heroically pulled from a vehicle submerged in
waters at Arawak Cay, a female American tourist was rescued from waters by a
lifeguard on Cable Beach.
Police in the capital are investigating two near drowning incidents.
On Monday morning, sometime around 9:45, a 59-year-old female visitor from the
United States was taken to hospital by EMS after almost drowning in the waters
behind West Wind-Cable Beach.
According to police reports, the woman was swimming when she was swept
underwater by strong waves. She reportedly ingested an excessive amount of salt
water and was assisted to shore by a lifeguard who administered CPR. At last report
she was in hospital in stable condition.
Prior to this incident, a teenage girl was rescued from waters at Arawak Cay Sunday
night by a police officer after he witnessed a vehicle she was in go overboard near the
bridge of the popular hangout spot.
It was a tragic turn of events, just steps away from where the youth of the nation was
being celebrated at this year’s National Youth Parade.
Police said the teen girl was in a burgundy Nissan Cube, along with the driver and
another juvenile male, when the driver lost control of the vehicle. An alert police
officer, on duty at the youth march, swiftly responded to the situation and without
hesitation dove into the waters near the sinking vehicle where he retrieved the victim.
She was brought to the surface in an unresponsive state, but officers quickly
performed CPR. Subsequently, the teen was transported to the hospital by emergency
medical services for further treatment and is listed in critical condition.
The driver and the juvenile passenger were also taken to the hospital for medical
Police investigations continue in both matters.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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