Friday 20 September, 2019

JDF search Kgn Harbour for boy whose friends reportedly pushed him in

File photo of a Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard vessel at sea.

File photo of a Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard vessel at sea.

The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) scanned the waters of Kingston Waterfront on Friday afternoon, trying to find a schoolboy who was reportedly pushed in by his friends earlier in the day.

According to information gleaned by Loop News, the boy is a student of Tivoli Gardens High School in West Kingston, and was with friends from the institution at about midday behind the Bank of Jamaica.

It is understood that he told his friends that he was unable to swim, and was subsequently playfully pushed into the water, where he got into difficulties.

The friends reportedly ran from the scene upon seeing the boy’s desperate attempts to save his life.

From reports, he was in the lower school at Tivoli Gardens, from Grades 7 to 9, and it is understood that he was wearing full khaki, the attire for students in those grades. Boys in Grade 10 and 11 wear white shirts.

When Loop News visited the scene in mid-afternoon, the JDF Coast Guard vessel with divers aboard was searching the waters in an effort to locate the missing boy, but shortly after, they departed, heading out to sea in the direction of Portmore.

The City Centre police could not confirm the incident, but said a statement was given that of a boy drowning at Kingston Harbour.

It is understood that it is the second tragic incident that happened in the same vicinity within a short period, as the previous day, a man was stabbed there and later rushed to hospital after bleeding profusely for some time.

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