Family shocked at drowning

Shocked!

That was the reaction of the family of a 60-year-old St. Philip man to his reported drowning today.

The body of Irvin Boyce, of Woodbourne Park was fished from the sea at Long Beach in Christ Church at around 5:40 this morning by members of the Barbados Defence Force.

“We are still in shock. We were not looking for it to happen. The family is now here (Boyce’s residence) trying to comfort one another. We can’t believe it happened because he was a very good swimmer,” Boyce’s sister-in-law, Ordene Griffith, told Barbados TODAY this afternoon via telephone.

Griffith lamented that the family was already still seeking to cope with the recent death of Boyce’s wife.

“We just lost his wife. January 10 would be a year. All these deaths in the family, it’s hard,” she bemoaned.

Police Public Relations Officer, Inspector David Welch, said the man went fishing yesterday on a cliff at Green Point, St. Philip sometime after 6:30 p.m.

Welch reported that another man who was fishing nearby, saw Boyce in the water. He noted that personnel from the Barbados Fire Service, police and Barbados Coast Guard were summond to the scene and a search by divers proved futile. The search, Welch added, was abandoned after 11 p.m. Police are continuing investigations into the circumstances surrounding the apparent drowning. (EJ)

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