Tuesday 20 November, 2018

Bodies of American boy, raft captain recovered from Martha Brae River

A section of the scene on Thursday during the wait to recover the bodies of a boy and a raft captain who drowned while rafting in the Martha Brae River in Trelawny on Tuesday.

A section of the scene on Thursday during the wait to recover the bodies of a boy and a raft captain who drowned while rafting in the Martha Brae River in Trelawny on Tuesday.

The bodies of a five-year old American boy, Jace Jones, and Jamaican raft captain, Llewellyn Reid, were recovered from the Martha Brae River in Trelawny on Thursday afternoon.

Reports are that on Tuesday, sometime after 2:00 p.m., the child, his two older brothers and a female cousin, were rafting on the Martha Brad River when Jace fell off the raft.

Reid reportedly dived into the water in search of the child, and both did not emerge from the waters. 

Llewellyn Reid, the raft captain who drowned in trying to rescue a five-year-old American boy who fell into the Martha Brae River in Trelawny while rafting on Tuesday. Both Reid and the boy perished, and their bodies were recovered on Thursday.

Members of the Jamaica Defence (JDF) Coast Guard and other persons from the community were unsuccessful in their search for the two on Tuesday and Wednesday. The search was hampered by poor visibility in the water  

But the bodies floated up on the surface of the river at about 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The drowning of the two has plunged the entire nation into shock and grief at the tragic end to a traditionally leisurely activity.

The grieving father of the child, Jermaine Jones, who lives in Jamaica, said his three sons have been in the island on vacation since last week.

The Falmouth police are investigating the incident.

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