Body of deceased man washes ashore

The body of 69-year-old Edwin Atherley, who reportedly drowned off the Ermie Bourne Highway, St Joseph yesterday, has washed ashore along the east coast not far from where he went missing.

The Lodge Road, Christ Church resident was with friends at the Opposition Barbados Labour Party’s  (BLP) annual Heroes Day excursion when he reportedly went for a dip in the sea but never returned.

This afternoon, just after 4 p.m., his granddaughter Kelly-Ann Drayton-Archer identified his body. She later told Barbados TODAY that though very saddened by Atherley’s passing, she was relieved that his body had been found. She also thanked the four young men who reportedly made the discovery around 3 p.m. today and alerted police.

Earlier today BLP General Secretary Dr Jerome Walcott extended “heartfelt condolences” on behalf of the party to Atherley’s loved ones, family and friends.

“The sudden loss of any life is tragic and is something one can never be prepared for. Because of this, when such incidents occur it deeply affects those left behind. This is why as a party we grieve with those who were close to Mr Atherley,” Dr Walcott added in a statement issued in response to the untimely death of the party supporter.

37 Responses to Body of deceased man washes ashore

  1. Joerg Zindler
    Joerg Zindler April 29, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Sincere condolences to Mr Atherley’s family and friends. May he rest in peace.

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  2. Vicky Cruickshank
    Vicky Cruickshank April 29, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Rip

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  3. Jan Eversley
    Jan Eversley April 29, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    His friends pleaded with him not to go in that water stupesssss

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    • Sandra Elizabeth Walker
      Sandra Elizabeth Walker April 29, 2017 at 7:08 pm

      I was wondering if no one tried to stop him.
      Those waters are sure death!
      RIP

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    • Jan Eversley
      Jan Eversley April 29, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      His friends pleaded with him not to go in but he wouldn’t listen to them that is just sad I wonder y he did that coz the water was very rough I myself kept lookin out there hoping I would c something in the water but he probably had already went under

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  4. Mikey April 29, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Unfortunate, may he rest in peace.

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  5. Virginia Cuke
    Virginia Cuke April 29, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    I don’t see why it was necessary to show this …it is just my humble opinion that it is insensitive his body be shown as a lonely lump like that ..I know it is news but I always think of the family when I see this type of photo in the news. My condolences to his family ,and I hope they will be more at peace now his body has been found.

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    • Gail Agard Wallace
      Gail Agard Wallace April 29, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      In my opinion ,it is insensitive.. but a norm for them to post.

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    • hcalndre April 29, 2017 at 11:41 pm

      Lady this is 2017 and not 1720 so get with it. This is the age of technology, like it or not. Do you turn your television off when it is showing the aftermath of catastrophes or you don`t buy newspapers. Families have to relive some of the most horrible scenes of their love ones especially when it is used as evidence in court.

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      • harry turnover April 30, 2017 at 7:20 am

        Agreed ,…bet some of them watch TV and buy newspapers to malicious .I see NOTHING wrong with showing the picture and I am sure his family are GLAD that something is there to remind them of their love one.
        Disappearing and NOT FOUND is the WORST thing that ANY family could endure of a loved one…..ask the parents of the little girl from Black Rock that DISAPPEARED and not found .
        ….and btw how do those people who only looking fa good name know that a body is under the sheet ?

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    • Linda Killick
      Linda Killick April 30, 2017 at 2:49 am

      Agree Virginia

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    • Suzette Clarke
      Suzette Clarke April 30, 2017 at 6:21 am

      I agree totally. I always wonder what value it adds to a story to post a picture of the deceased.

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      • harry turnover April 30, 2017 at 7:22 am

        …and who says it is a picture of the deceased ?

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      • Nevada April 30, 2017 at 8:05 pm

        I don’t see any picture of the dead man..??? this is 2017 not 1720, making false statements…hypocrites !

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    • harry turnover April 30, 2017 at 7:28 am

      How do you know that a body is underneath that sheet ? could those at BT not made use of a photo like that with something under the sheet to show how the authorities did it ?
      ….and furthermore it was NOT a photo showing the FACE or any part of the deceased STICKING OUT……then and ONLY then could I agree with you.

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  6. Ma Barka
    Ma Barka April 29, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Thank god that his body wash up.

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  7. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry April 29, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    I’m sorry
    Condolences

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  8. Vonetta Freeman
    Vonetta Freeman April 29, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Condolence to the family

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  9. Conchita Moseley
    Conchita Moseley April 29, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Sad, R I P

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  10. Jeff McAllister
    Jeff McAllister April 29, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Xavier Simpson

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  11. Mhizz Woodroffe
    Mhizz Woodroffe April 29, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Rip

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  12. Carlitha Andrews
    Carlitha Andrews April 29, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Rip

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  13. Rhonda Greaves
    Rhonda Greaves April 29, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Rip. Papa

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  14. Rosalind Eastmond
    Rosalind Eastmond April 29, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    R.I.P.

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  15. Jeremy Cole
    Jeremy Cole April 29, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    I have spent a lot of time in the waters of the east coast and to this day I am extremely careful of where I enter the water. There are many dangerous areas along the east coast. Condolences to his family and friends.

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  16. Alison Bullen
    Alison Bullen April 29, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    So sad RIP my condolences too both families and friends

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  17. Sonia T Phillips
    Sonia T Phillips April 29, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Thanks be too god

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  18. Kerri Cumberbatch
    Kerri Cumberbatch April 29, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    S.I.P

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  19. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn April 30, 2017 at 12:39 am

    So why someone did not informed the police. Every one knows that the east coast is a very dangerous to bade. RIP

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  20. Miles Lewis
    Miles Lewis April 30, 2017 at 5:10 am

    RIP

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  21. Shantelle Yearwood
    Shantelle Yearwood April 30, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Rip

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  22. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba April 30, 2017 at 8:45 am

    VERY SORRY TO HEAR COAST, MY CONDOLANCES……..THE EAST OF THAT SECTION IS NOWHERETO BATHE,UNLESS UR VERY GOOD SWIMMER

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  23. Hartley Alleyne
    Hartley Alleyne April 30, 2017 at 8:55 am

    RIP Mr Atherley

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  24. L King April 30, 2017 at 10:58 am

    The family are in shock no need to show this picture: they should have got the families permission FIRST: this would not have been allowed in the UK

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  25. sunshinecanada April 30, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Yes Harry, i was thinking the same thing too, did the family saw the face? stay safe my people,

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