AT A LOSS
Search continues for missing youth
The search continues for 18-year-old Devon Seon Prescod of Fairy Valley No. 1, Christ Church, who went missing after leaving home around 9 o’clock yesterday morning to go fishing at Sea Rocks near Paragon, Christ Church.
The Barbados Coast Guard, which began the search late last night, and residents of the close-knit community, have been looking for the missing youth, but feared that his chances of survival were diminishing as the hours and days go by.
Prescod’s father Julian Bartlett who spoke to Barbados TODAY while sitting on cliffs overlooking Long Beach, Christ Church, said he received a call from his son’s mother around 10 o’clock last night, informing him that his first child had not returned home.
He said members from the community, with torchlights in hand, immediately went in search of the former Princess Margaret Secondary School student.
They called it off three hours later, and resumed after 5 o’clock this morning. Around 7 a.m., the search party spotted Prescod’s fishing bucket and rod at Sea Rocks, but up until late this evening, there was still no sign of the young man.
Bartlett said he was worried that his son was already dead, but spoke about him in the present tense.
“I miss him. A feeling tell me he gone, but I just want to find him. I know he gone, but I just want to find him,” said Bartlett, who had planned to take his son on a holiday in Trinidad next month.
“He just loves fishing. If he could fish a hundred times a day, he would fish a hundred times a day.”
Scores of residents were also gathered in the area waiting and hoping for the best outcome. One resident who gave her name as Margaret, described Prescod as a sweet, quiet boy who was not one to get into fights or engage in indecent behaviour.
“He is very sweet. He sweeter than my son. I never hear Devon cursing yet. He just loves to fish. That boy just loves to fish.
“He would just go fishing and come home and clean the fish, and if you want two fish, he would give you fish,” Margaret said.
Sitting next to Bartlett was his friend Erica Yarde-Greenidge who was one of the last persons to see Prescod as he made his way fishing. She said she called out to him and jokingly urged him to bring her fish, as she normally did.
“I came down here well into the night, and now this morning, minutes after five, his father came shouting for me and we went out searching again.
“And after about an hour and forty-five minutes they shouted for us and said they had found something and he had looked like he was actually gone,” she explained.
Prescod is about 5 feet 5” tall, dark complexion and of slim build. He has an oval face, small eyes, nose and ears, thick lips and a pointed chin. When he left home he was wearing a pair of brown short pants and a purple shirt, and was carrying a haversack.
Anyone with information his whereabouts is asked to call the Emergency number 211, or contact the nearest police station.