MEDIA RELEASE FROM THE ABDF: Camp Blizard, Antigua April 8th, 2023 – Drowning Incident

On 8th April 2023 at 6:57 am the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force (ABDF) Coast Guard received a call from 911 Emergency Line. The caller stated “a tourist fell over Devils Bridge” Another call was received shortly after indicating the tourist has a laceration on forehead and was unresponsive.

At 0704 am ABDF Coast Guard deployed a vessel to Devils Bridge and upon arrival a search was conducted in the area. The body was found face down approximately 30m from Devils Bridge and then recovered at 7:46 am.

The body was then transported to Coast Guard Base where the district doctor pronounced him dead at 8:42 am. The body appeared to be that of a Caucasian male in his late sixties.

ABDF Coast Guard extend condolences to the family of the deceased.

ABDF Coast Guard is using this opportunity to urge the local community and visitors to be wary of potentially dangerous situations, and should always take safety measures as a priority when utilizing the beaches and other sites near the marine environment.

Time of Press Release: 9:45am local time. -END-

Press Statement from the Royal Police Force of Antigua and BarbudaPolice Investigate Drowning of Canadian Citizen

The Police at Willikies are continuing to probe an apparent drowning incident of a 68 years-old Canadian male at Devil’s Bridge in the early morning hours of Saturday 8 April.

The man’s body was fished from the water by members of the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force Coast Guard and taken to the Coast Guard Base. A medical doctor arrived on the scene and pronounced the body dead at approximately 8:42 am.

The deceased reportedly arrived in Antigua on April 3 with other family members and was staying at the Pineapple Beach Hotel. He was due to leave on April 10.